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November 26 2010

11:00

The News Diamond reinterpreted: “Let the crowd have the middle”

News Diamond showing area where journalists should focus - the edges

Jonathon Shuler has published a post exploring the News Diamond from my Model for a 21st Century Newsroom. As part of that he’s added an extra layer to the diamond showing which areas professional journalists should focus on, and which ones they should let go:

“Let the crowd have the middle of the diamond. Just let it go, our time there is ending. There’s too many of them, they are too fast, they will out man and out maneuver you every time that it matters to them–and if it doesn’t matter to them, I bet there’s not much of a market for it. Just walk away… and watch.”

He finishes by arguing that commercial journalism needs to raise the bar:

“The future of Journalism is not to become public service with the hopes of gratuity, but a professional service with professional expectations and results. If people are going to blogs and the crowd instead of your publications, it’s because your publication is not meeting the expectations of your audience. As a publication you have the choice to evolve to meet those expectations, find a new audience, or leave.”

Read his post in full here.

June 02 2010

20:06

The News Diamond reimagined as ‘The Digital News Lifecycle’

Digital news lifecycle Here's a wonderful reimagining of the News Diamond from the first part of my Model for a 21st Century Newsroom. Gaurav Mishra's diagram (shown above) takes my rhombus (shown below) and plots it against two axes. It's rather lovely. Helpfully, however, Mishra takes the concept forward a little. As he explains:
"my “news lifecycle” is different from Paul Bradshaw’s “news diamond” in two ways �" "1. Paul’s "news diamond" looks at news from a news organization’s perspective, whereas my "news lifecycle" acknowledges that the boundaries between news creators, news curators and news consumers have blurred beyond recognition. "2. Paul does not make the distinction between unplanned breaking news events (like accidents and terrorist attacks) and planned live coverage of events (like the Super Bowl or the US presidential inauguration). Paul’s "news diamond" and my "news lifecycle" models are much more valid for unplanned breaking news events."
It's fair to say that my diamond does take the perspective of a news organisation - that's who it was aimed at. But I'm not sure that that means it doesn't acknowledge the blurring of boundaries. Anyway, Mishra poses some questions:
  1. How do we increase the number and variety of sources in the process of creating, curating and consuming news?
  2. How do we separate signal from noise during each stage of the news lifecycle?
  3. How do we contract the “alert” to “analysis” stages of the news lifecycle, in order to get better signal to noise ratio sooner in the cycle?
  4. How to we expand the “conversation” to “customization” stages of the news lifecycle, in order to maximize the returns from the content we have created?
  5. How do we expand the requisite participatory media ecosystem so that exceptions to this news lifecycle (like the information void in the Israel-Hamas Gaza conflict or the Russia-Georgia Otessia conflict) become increasingly rare?
I'd be very interested in any responses. In the meantime, here's those original diagrams for your conceptual enjoyment... news diamond As it happens, the diamond was just another way of showing the following flow diagram from the same post, so now I have 3 diagrams to refer to... model for a 21st century newsroom
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