Journalism and the New Media
Thursday, 29 October 2009
The latest public meeting called by the National Union of Journalists was entitled "Journalism in the Age of Blogging and New media". The discussion was led by invited speakers, Gary Herman of the NUJ's New Media Industrial Council and Chris Ratcliffe of the Hebden Bridge Web.
Chris Ratcliffe spoke first describing how the Hebweb started, gave examples of some of the rivalry with the local paper and then discussed some issues raised by the growth of the new media: what is journalism and how journalists are going to be paid in a future where local papers are no longer thriving. He pointed out the monopoly on news held by the local newspaper has been broken by the Internet. He said he thought that between us in Hebden Bridge we’ve created an effective model for how a community website can be.
Gary Herman talked about the early days of the Internet and the first Internet Browser, Mosaic which was developed by Marc Anderson. Other points he made included: everything was controlled by the US, the new media tends to be mainly used by the young and the NUJ represented people from a very wide range of backgrounds: newspapers, BBC, film makers, cartoonists, etc. Gary is optimistic that the "herd-like migration" of newspapers to the internet won't completely replace print media. It will be a very long time before electronic newspapers become a better delivery system to the places where most people want to read print newspapers - the three "B"s: bedroom, bathroom and breakfast.
Discussion points raised after each speaker had spoken included
Gary Herman gave out leaflets entitled Digital Toolkit: Training Days for Media Freelances
Read Chris Ratcliffe's talk on Journalism and the New Media.
Previous NUJ meetings, reported on the Hebweb
Using the Freedom of Information Act (Nov 2007)
Is the British press doing a good job? (May 2006)
Broadband availability in Hebden Bridge (Dec 2002)