Saturday, February 16, 2008

Ten tips for 'reinventing journalism'

From Howard Owens comes this list of ten ways to "reinvent journalism." Oldtimers like me will recognize these were mostly the right ideas for journalism 30 years ago, too.

One of the 10:

Stop treating journalism like a competition. It’s fun to beat the other news outlets, but that shouldn’t be the only reason to pursue a story. Treating every story like a scoop leads to errors, both in reporting and thought process about how to handle the story. The economic value of beating the competition these days is arguably nil. The value of being a trusted source of a timely, reliable, steady stream of information is significant. These are not contradictory points, if you think them through.

1 comment:

  1. But Howard, it's fun kicking TV's ass on breaking news again!

    Fast, cheap and correct - pick all three when it comes to online newspaper journalism.