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The Rise and Fall of Traditional Journalism

The term "journalism" conjures up powerful memories for many people. For some, it's the epic confrontation between Edward R. Murrow and Sen. Joe McCarthy, which ultimately led to the senator's downfall and the end of the Red Scare. For others, it's Walter Cronkite, whose stentorian tones and skill i...

The Rise and Fall of Traditional Journalism, Part 5

When questions about the future of journalism come up, there are generally two driving concerns: what happens to the notion of "news" in an era of ubiquitous communications; and how you, as a writer, get paid. One of the great paradoxes of the information age is that as channels of distribution have...

The Rise and Fall of Traditional Journalism, Part 4

Ask someone about the future of journalism, and it's likely that most people will point to something like E-Ink or perhaps the Amazon Kindle -- high-fidelity readers that use millions of embedded, magnetically sensitive spheres which can show a black, white or in-between state to create dynamically ...

The Rise and Fall of Traditional Journalism, Part 3

The shift from highly centralized corporations to distributed, networked "clouds" of micro-businesses is a hallmark of the Internet age, and it finds its expression most clearly in the rise of social media. Social media services can best be thought of as ad hoc organizations of contributors providin...

The Rise and Fall of Traditional Journalism, Part 2

The economy came crashing down in September 2008 as the credit markets seized up, a massive dislocation which is now, tsunami-like, causing huge damage to the economy. This has significantly reduced the amount of credit available for businesses. Many news organizations -- made vulnerable by media co...

The Rise and Fall of Traditional Journalism, Part 1

The term "journalism" conjures up powerful memories for many people. For some, it's the epic confrontation between Edward R. Murrow and Sen. Joe McCarthy, which ultimately led to the senator's downfall and the end of the Red Scare. For others, it's Walter Cronkite, whose stentorian tones and skill i...

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