The Public Sphere Needs More Mediation, Not Macro Solutions

One of the consequences of wanting our world and technology to go ever faster is that we keep looking for solutions to limit that speed. But everyone in the news business knows we can’t put the information genie back in the bottle. We have increased our output of content and given it away mostly for free, while others developed more and more hardware and software to improve connectivity and democratize the ability to publish ideas and opinions (if you can afford it, of course). I had to respond to Stephen J.A. Ward’s “Macro-Resistance: How to Detox a Polluted Public Sphere” because it is the opposite of what I have advocated for so long. There are parts of Ward’s ideas I agree with, such as the needs for more media education and “public-directed regulation,” which is similar to my desire for citizens’ juries. But the overarching problem with Continue reading "The Public Sphere Needs More Mediation, Not Macro Solutions"

Journalism Innovation Summit in London Takes on Content, Business Models

MediaShift produced its first-ever Journalism Innovation Summit and its first European event in London last week taking on the twin challenges of content and business models. Delegates came from as far away as South Korea and Canada, across the United Kingdom, Norway, Nigeria and beyond. Hosted by City University London, and with receptions hosted by BBC News Labs, Wayra and Bloomberg, the aim of the event was to bring people together to talk about solutions rather than complain about problems, said MediaShift’s Mark Glaser. “I think the word ‘innovation’ is doing something really new — what makes you uncomfortable, pushing your limits and the limits of your organization,” Glaser said during welcoming remarks.

Playing a Board Game

As an attendee, the epitome of this was Continue reading "Journalism Innovation Summit in London Takes on Content, Business Models"