Twitter: a utilisation of knowledge or a collection of ignorance?

Hayek (1979) said ignorance can be conquered “not by the acquisition of more knowledge, but by the utilisation of knowledge which is and remains widely dispersed among individuals.” Alfred Hermida used this quote in his 2010 essay entitled ‘Twittering the news – the emergence of ambient journalism’ to describe micro-blogging. In this post, I am […]

The role of the citizen journalist

What is the role of the citizen journalist in journalism? Certainly, the role is more important online than it is in print, but what does it mean for journalism in general? John Kelly (2009) wrote an article about the citizen journalist entitled: ‘Red Kayaks and Hidden Gold: the rise, challengers and value of citizen journalism’, […]

Can print and online journalism ever exist together happily?

Is the online revolution of journalism as fast-paced as everyone thinks? Are newspapers really on the brink of dying a cold, hard, software-related death? Steen Steensen thinks not, as described in his blog post – Online journalism and the promises of new technology, part 1: The revolution that never happenedĀ (2010). I agree with him, to […]

The Future of Journalism

James Curran wrote an article entitled The Future of Journalism in 2010. In it, he laid out various different viewpoints of where journalism stands today and where it is headed. The predictions outlined varied from an apparent growing ‘crisis of journalism’, online journalism improving old-media journalism, and ‘pro-am’ (professional-amateur) partnerships. In this post, I am […]

The economics of news – a critique

Paul Bradshaw, an academic journalist blogger, posted on his Online Journalism Blog (OJB) a post entitled ‘How the web changed the economics of news‘ in 2009. In this, he detailed 12 changes news organisations needed to consider in order to cope with the ‘online revolution’ of journalism. While Bradshaw (2009) makes some very good and […]