We journalists fear that the market for our services is drying up. We like to think, perhaps naively, that finding stuff out and telling people is important. And technology is killing the largest employer of such journalists, print newspapers and magazines.
Mike O’Connell, a former editor of the Connection newspapers in NoVa, and friends Megan Cloherty and Jolie Lee, have started an ongoing discussion about this. On a website called “It’s All Journalism,” they host a podcast (with summaries and transcripts) where they chat with luminaries of journalism about the future of newsgathering, reaching a more diverse and demanding audience, and doing it with fewer people.
Perhaps because he saw a photo of me arm-wrestling another blogger recently, O’Connell knew I was a serious guy and asked me to do my first-ever podcast. Breaking my podcast maiden, as they say at the track. Along with Jeanne Brooks of the Online News Association, we chatted about the importance of local journalism and how I go about it. The podcast and a summary of it are here. A full transcript is here, which is another first for me. It’s weird to see your words transcribed. I don’t think we figured out how to save journalism, but it’s a worthwhile goal.