Article in Nieman Lab: What a 2004 experiment in hyperlocal news can tell us about community voices today

In 2004, a team of Medill School of Journalism grad students thought they could use the internet to fix what was wrong with it. But with increasing social isolation, rising partisanship, and newspapers’ ongoing woes, it seems that the problems have gotten worse, not better. Perhaps that’s why Google launched an experiment in local, user-generated storytelling: Bulletin.

America, don’t put out the damn paper

The cost of stopping goes up as the American machine churns more and more rapidly. But what happens when an entire nation starts living paycheck to paycheck? When hundreds of millions of people think, “If I stop, I die.”

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Fighting for identity as change accelerates

All of those thoughts in our head that create the experience of life from moment to moment — mundane and profound alike — have finally broken past the speed limits of time, distance, and hierarchical power. Blame and credit the internet.

The era of the performer rises as civility plummets and partisanship spreads

Life used to be so inconvenient prior to the internet. There were no one-button presses to satisfy every want, no Google to find every answer, no screen through which to mediate every bit of communication. You had to talk to people in all their glory, ugliness, prejudice and promise. And if you wanted to get… Continue reading The era of the performer rises as civility plummets and partisanship spreads

News companies, start building your virtual reality templates and tools for user-generated VR journalism

Fully immersive virtual reality environments are the next media space that will produce another generation of winners and losers in the race to provide the best, quickest and most engaging information. Which news organizations will win? Their past performance is worrisome; the internet and its democratic system of links gutted well-funded newspapers. In the internet’s… Continue reading News companies, start building your virtual reality templates and tools for user-generated VR journalism