I’d like to begin with a true story. I was recently conducting a job interview for a Guardian role, and I asked the interviewee, who had worked only in print journalism, how he thought he’d cope working in digital news. In reply he said, “Well, I’ve got a computer. I’ve been using computers for years.” His answer was funny, but also revealing: clearly he believed that digital is just a technological development; just a new kind of word processing. In fact, digital is a huge conceptual change, a sociological change, a cluster bomb blowing apart who we are and how our world is ordered, how we see ourselves, how we live. It’s a change we’re in the middle of, so close up that sometimes it’s hard to see. But it is deeply profound and it is happening at an almost unbelievable speed. I’d like to talk about what this change is doing to journalism, and the opportunities that are possible if you are truly open to the web. I’d also like to look at how many journalists’ resistance to this change is damaging their own interests, as well as the interests of good journalism; and how there is more a need… Read full this story
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