FOCAS: Live from Aspen

Posted on 17. Aug, 2009 by in New News Organization, News Ecosystem, Not-For-Profit, Paid Content, Revenue

The CUNY New Business Models for News Project, funded by the Knight Foundation, is presenting its work at the Aspen Institute’s Forum on Communication and Society today. (You can read about our project here and dig into the new models here.)

Below is Jeff Jarvis’ presentation, which he made using new software from Prezi. Just click within the screen and advance to the next slide.

Click here to see the presentation in full-screen.

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10 Responses to “FOCAS: Live from Aspen”

  1. Reizel Larrea

    17. Aug, 2009

    How does the report address journalism standards and accuracy across emerging platforms?

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  2. Matthew Sollars

    17. Aug, 2009

    Hi Reizel –
    Our report focuses primarily on the economics of the emerging platforms, rather than the ethics of the journalists working there. Certainly, maintaining the foundation of trust that existing organizations have established is a key goal for the new news ecosystem. But, as we’ve heard so far this morning from Aspen, a code of journalistic ethics is a relatively recent development.

    That said, the answer our report posits implicitly is that there is a market for journalism. If we agree that the most valuable journalism is journalism consumers can trust, the market will reward that value over time. More work to be done on this question.
    -Matthew Sollars

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  3. Brian Hayashi

    19. Aug, 2009

    I love the idea of a standards and practices-type document that would help reputable organizations demonstrate there is a bright line between right and wrong.

    IMHO, there are bigger issues afoot. I’m a big fan of the EFF and what they’ve done to promote the protection of rights in this vague new world. I’m just concerned that as actors such as China, Iraq, etc. start flexing their muscles we find that our cherished notions will run into the buzzsaw of sovereignity.

    Once upon a time, Lachlan Murdoch posited that the future of news would be told in only four languages. The marginalization of languages like French and Japanese are a reminder that business models will not be the only thing to be eviscerated by the inevitable evolution of news.

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