The future of journalism

When a new leap in media technology comes forward, many tend to think it will mean the end of all previous media. Radio, cinema, TV – all were going to kill their immediate predecessor. But they ultimately didn’t: each found a niche, an area of expertise, which the others could not fill.

It happened again with the internet. Indeed, it seemed much more revolutionary, with readily on-demand information, its convergence of different types of media and its interactive capabilities. Many believed it would mean an end to the printed word, but we are now luckily realizing that it won’t. But then, what is the role of journalism in a world where every citizen has the means to report directly what they see?

Bill Keller, Executive Editor of The New York Times until last month, talks about old and new media in this interview with our media partner El País.

There is a difference between what Wikipedia and The New York Times say: people go to Wikipedia knowing what they want; but they go to The New York Times, BBC or El País not knowing what they want to know. They come to see what intelligent and well educated people has to tell them about what happened, what matters and what does it mean. Noone has the time to do this by themselves; they pay us for our criteria.
Read more (in Spanish)…

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