As dots connect, whole is emerging for future of news
The online dots are quickly connecting. Gov2.0 entrepreneurs are building a strong backbone for a hyperlocal new stream. And much of it is happening here in Chicago.
Many Chicago alderman are signed up for SeeClickFix – we are forming new communication channels on the Web for talking to our governments, creating a crowd-sourced complaint system AND measuring the quality of government’s response to our complaints and requests for service. [I’ve embedded it here on my website – so give it a spin.]
I haven’t talked with OutsideIn for a while but I see that the creators of the conceptual framework of the Emerging Ecosystem of News Delivery have a robust stream of information coming in from news blogs.
There’s no formula for bringing all this together and making it all work like a well-oiled machine. But – as was evident from a panel on models for news and the optimistic viewpoint of Steve Rhodes about revenue models at Chicago’s Community Media Workshop last week, we have many reasons to look brightly to the future.
We also have the “Big” thinkers now stepping forward and touting tools for getting the information you want, many of which James Fallows outlined in this June piece in the Atlantic Monthly. Even the New York Times Magazine is taking notice of New Journalism Entrepreneurs in this May 10 piece by Andrew Rice “Putting a Price on Words.”
It can’t be long now before this all comes together, and when it does it will be in several robust forms that wil provide access to volumes of information we’ve not had access to before. Hold on for a wild ride.
And look for news as a social enterprise emerging prominently somewhere on this scene.