Some people to follow on the ‘Future of News’

Liz Heron, who posed the question of “Who’s your favorite thinker on future-of-news issues? Why?” will be the keynote speaker Sept. 21 on what is being billed “Social Media Day” at the Associated Press Media Editors Conference in Nashville at the John Seigenthaler Center. Join us at the APME Conference Sept. 19-21!

Heron is Director of Social Media and Engagement for the Wall Street Journal.

Suggestion: Mine these recommendations for people to follow on Twitter.


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Some quotes for the journo stocking

Two quotes worth the stocking for journalists to consider.

Wow. Remember when we used to discover news fr

Randi Zuckerberg

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Randi Zuckerberg, former marketing director of Facebook, and older sister of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (via Steve Rubel)

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We don’t need paid professionals to do retweeting for us. They’re slicing up the attention pie thinner and thinner, giving us retreaded rehashes of warmed over news, all hoping for a bit of attention because the issue is trending. We can leave that to the unpaid, I think.

The hard part of professional journalism going forward is writing about what hasn’t been written about, directing attention where it hasn’t been, and saying something new.

Seth Godin, entrepreneur, marketer, author and public speaker. (via Danny McCall)

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The most terrifying thing yet about the Internet

“Television is the first truly democratic culture – the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.”

Clive Barnes

He said the above about television, but it’s better applied to the Internet.

Thanks to Trish Jones, Chief Emerging Technologies Officer, Turner Broadcasting System, for using this quote in a recent presentation.

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Large networks of “friends” are out; intimate circles are in

Consider that according to a study conducted by GoodMobilePhones, people don’t know 20 percent of their Facebook friends. Or that USA Today recently reported that social media users are “grappling with overload.” Finally, the latest Edelman Trust Barometer,
my employer’s annual tracking study, notes that experts are now far
more trusted than peers and friends. This is a dramatic shift from 2006
when the opposite rang true.

Steve Rubel

Whatever happened to that trusted network of friends?

It may still exist, but you might not see on the surface as intimacy and privacy are the ascendancy, Rubel says.

He looks to startups like Instagram for clues. Do you find yourself gravitating toward “intimate social networks” as opposed to Facebook and the like? Do you have social media overload? I find myself increasing missing things I wanted to know or read in the windy storm of Social Media.

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Quotable: And you want to run a website

“My friends keep talking to me about how they want to start a Web site, but they need to get some backing, and I look at them and ask them what they are waiting for. All it takes is some WordPress and a lot of typing. Sure, I went broke trying to start it, it trashed my life and I work all the time, but other than that, it wasn’t that hard to figure out.”

— Choire Sicha of The Awl in David Carr’s Nwe York Times piece.

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Media is like a flu shot for democracy

I’ve stated that “trust is the new black” and that the press should be “the immune system of democracy.”

Craig Newmark

I’d like to think of journalism as the “immune system,” not the “the press.”

He also some thoughts on the business model in the video, seeing a future in membership and philanthropy models, which he says will be stronger than advertising-centric models. He predicts NPR will be a dominant player in media by 2020.

Newmark may be right, but I don’t see that happening except for a few media organizations. NPR and PBS are certainly among those. The news business, by my guess, will remain by and large a business with advertising the key revenue driver and dominated by companies that provide economic value (a healthy return on investment) to their owners. But it’s interesting to think about how the media environment envisioned by Newmark would work.

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