The next big thing in journalism

By John A. Byrne


Print media are reeling. The pace of financial losses and massive layoffs is accelerating. Panic is setting in.

It’s easy to blame the Web for this bleak picture. But the same disruptive technology that has caused such dismay in print is also ushering in the most creative period in the history of journalism.

If this were the Renaissance, the Web would be Florence, a place of amazing experimentation where all the old mediums – in this case, print, radio, and television – suddenly converge in one dynamic and democratic place. Yet, the multimedia dimensions of digital journalism are only part of the story. The most powerful attribute of this new journalism is how it directly engages our readers as active participants at every stage of content creation.

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