Youth Radio’s Noah Nelson and alldayplay.fm‘s Brandon McFarland recently launched a new podcast called Maker’s New Math. The series examines how media makers (bloggers, musicians, journalists, etc.) are making a living in the new economy — you know, the one where everyone expects everything to be free.
Nelson and McFarland do a great job capturing both the opportunities and challenges that result from readily available distribution tools like YouTube, iTunes, and social media networks. Their best-of-times/worst-of-times analysis is some of the more accurate and honest I’ve heard. Interviews so far include Jesse Thorn from The Sound of Young America, vlogger Molly McAleer, and Fred Beneson of Kickstarter.
The NPR Spring 2010 interns have released their issue of Intern Edition, the news magazine produced entirely by those most unsung of heroes — interns. Intern Edition (IE) empowers interns to cover news they deem important in their own voices and styles, all the while pairing each intern with a mentor who offers advice, support, and an occasional treat from Starbucks (did I mention that most NPR internships are unpaid?).
Click here to listen to and watch the Spring 2010 episode of Intern Edition at NPR.org.
In full disclosure — I participated in IE when I was an intern at Talk of the Nation. Putting together my piece was one of the most powerful parts of my internship and I think that every decent-size news organization should replicate the project. Not only does it build camaraderie between interns, it also fosters one-on-one interaction between veterans and up-and-comers, and most importantly, the program gives young people complete control of a news property, offering a partial solution to the young voices vs. young journalist dilemma I’ve discussed in earlier posts.
Imagine, if every four months, newsrooms all over the country sat and listened to their interns’ ideas. I have a feeling the news business would be better off and could make some progress on that whole “Why don’t young people read/watch/listen to the news anymore?” problem.
Again, here’s the link to the Spring 2010 Intern Edition. Use it.
Yesterday, NPR’s Talk of the Nation examined the future of news. Guests included Ken Doctor, author of Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape The News You Get and David Cohn, director and founder of Spot.us.
Trying to predict the future of news is certainly not new, but Doctor did bring up some interesting facts–like his assertion that since 2007 one million stories went uncovered because of a decline in the number of working journalists.
Doctor talked about newspapers’ struggle during this “hybrid period,” where news lives partly in the print world and partly in the digital world. He quickly pointed out that the future is purely digital and mentioned several new models and partnerships that are proving successful. One such model is California Watch, an investigative news organization that occasionally shares content with KQED. Their blog post about a partnership between community colleges and Kaplan is a must read for any advocate of affordable higher education.
Listen to the full discussion at npr.org.
The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project released their latest findings today. The report compares internet, social media and mobile phone use for three groups: teens ages 12-17, young adults ages 18-29, and adults 30 and over.
Here are the highlights:
Teens seem to be replacing blogging (only 14 percent of online teens maintain a blog) with updating their status on social networking sites. 73 percent of teens use social networking sites, an increase from 55 percent in 2004. And what about MySpace– does anyone still use it? Well, sort of. 66 percent of young adults surveyed had a MySpace profile, while only 36 percent of adults over 30 did. Unfortunately, the survey didn’t specify how many online teens have MySpace profiles. One thing is clear though–teens don’t tweet. Only 8% of online teens had a Twitter account.
Click here to read the full report online at Pew Internet.org.
When I think of preservation of the news media in written form, 300 plus gigantic pages of stories which seem (from what I have read so far) to be mainly in first person, is not the first thing that comes to mind. But never the less, San Francisco Panorama still appeals to this teenager who wakes up every morning and reads the paper.
The overall artsy style of San Francisco Panorama appealed to me. Articles about independent radio stations, two art sections, and handwritten reviews with foreign guitarists are all things that swayed me to pay sixteen dollars for a pound of paper. Other than the prominence of first person writing, the few problems I found were that some articles were simply too long, and after a week, I am still having trouble navigating my way through the paper. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, there is an article about how to make the perfect bowl of ramen, but so far the most interesting thing I’ve found is a story about someone’s personal witch, Dori Midnight.
I’ve been with the Digital Natives project for a little over three months now and one of the major questions that has emerged is the difference between youth voices versus youth journalists.
The Digital Natives project is largely based on the premise that youth produced content will appeal to a youth audience. While I think that premise is overly simplistic, I do think that the more input a news organization can get from young people, the better. But here’s the tough part–what type of youth?
Like any group, youth are not monolithic. Adults’ interests, humor, hobbies and styles are all over the map, and young people are no different. Not everyone under the age of 18 is obsessed with MTV, hip hop, skinny jeans and Gossip Girl. We should not assume that what appeals to some youth will appeal to all youth.
One of my friends posted this video to her Facebook page with the note, “A great example of how citizen journalism can be useful.” Well, that got me thinking, “Is this journalism?” Somebody definitely saw an event that he or she considered news worthy (a flooding Muni station), created a record of it (a video using their iPhone), and then distributed that record (YouTube), which thanks to Facebook and embed code, will be redistributed in the days to come.
In many ways, I love the empowerment that this video represents–a single person possessed all of the tools needed to spread a story to the masses. But I have some questions that a traditional news organization probably would have answered if they covered the story: Read more
Hello there. I’m proud to announce the launch of the In Other Words blog on kqed.org.
Actually this is a re-launch of sorts. In Other Words has been living at Youth Radio for a while now. KQED has decided they want a piece of the action.
The In Other Words blog is part of the Digital Natives project, a partnership between Youth Radio and KQED. The premise of the project is simple: two news organizations coming together to create content across a variety of platforms, informed by a youth perspective. The spirit of the project is exciting: experimentation, collaboration, innovation. The results will be, well, you have to come back to find out (or visit In Other Words at Youth Radio).
In Other Words will not only host the content that is produced, but give you a peek behind the collaboration curtain. We’ll also share resources and reflect on the role media and partnerships play in our lives. And of course, you’re part of the dialogue as well. So please, leave us your comments, your questions, your ideas. In Other Words, join the conversation.
Digital Natives Coordinating Senior Editor
On Forum today, guests discuss the future of media.While traditional media outlets continue to lose audience and revenue, nascent journalism models are emerging. Guests point to Asia and Europe, where cell phones are already a main source of media consumption. Will the smart phone be a way for news organizations to finally make money? What do you think news organizations should look like — hyper-local twitter bursts, one mammoth high-quality news website, social networking sites with news sections, or something else? As the discussion on Forum points out, it is an exciting time to be a young journalist, because you get to invent new media.