An oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, 1980 to the present

A project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

An oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, from 1980 to the present

How Advertising Models Changed

Volume 1:
CEOs, Coders, News Execs, Disrupters

doc-searls
There needs to be a symbiosis between the readers of news and the writers of news. The people who consume journalism should be also the people who produce journalism.
Doc Searls
david-graves
Everybody keeps trying to say, “You are a content company.” They still pretty much aren’t, although YouTube is paying for some content to be created. They didn’t want to ever get into that battle where they saw Yahoo starting to pay for news. Yahoo pays seven figures to the news companies for the raw materials. They don’t do rev shares anymore.
David Graves
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I said, “Electronic classified. I think it could really make a big difference to our business.
Tony Ridder

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Predicting the Disruption of News

Volume 2:
Tech Journalists

Hedshot Levy
They would bring in people like me to basically say the same thing their people in the trenches were saying. They wouldn’t listen to those people. They had some people that knew what was going on, but they wouldn’t listen.
Steven Levy
Update Branscum Hedshot
We had a status quo bias, so we believed…..but I also think we were too close.
Deborah Branscum
Hedshot Pogue
Things that are stationary and fixed are going away or minimizing. Everything has to be mobile and movable and battery powered. Things on paper, printed things tend to…….
David Pogue

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The Big Picture

For most of the 20th century, any list of America’s wealthiest families would include quite a few publishers generally considered to be in the “news business”: the Hearsts, the Pulitzers, the Sulzbergers, the Grahams, the Chandlers, the Coxes, the Knights, the Ridders, the Luces, the Bancrofts — a tribute to the fabulous business model that once delivered the country its news. While many of those families remain wealthy today, their historic core businesses are in steep decline (or worse), and their position at the top of the wealth builders has long since been eclipsed by people with other names: Gates, Page and Brin and Schmidt, Zuckerberg, Bezos, Case, and Jobs — builders of digital platforms that, while not specifically targeted at the “news business,” have nonetheless severely disrupted it.

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The Tech Journalists

A transformative wave washed over the world economy this past quarter-century and technology journalists were its chroniclers and front-row witnesses. Many, among the twenty interviewed, say a catastrophic disruption of the news business was to be expected. But they feel their warnings went largely unheard within their workplaces, a contributing factor to the industry’s late and ineffectual counter-efforts. In contrast to pessimism about the future financial underpinnings of their business, they’re optimistic about the outlook for journalism as new tools, audiences and approaches emerge and evolve.

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Vol 1: CEOs, Coders, News Execs, Disrupters
Vol 2: Tech Journalists
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Hedshot Pogue
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julius-genachowski
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Justin Smith
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tim-armstrong
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john-battelle
doc-searls
marty-baron
michael-sippey
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mike-moritz
chloe-sladden
alan-spoon
Hedshot Quittner
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Hedshot Markoff
steve-newhouse
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Hedshot Mossberg
Hedshot Levy
Hedshot Swisher
walter-isaacson
Hedshot Gillmor
steve-case
henry-blodget
caroline-little
richard-gingras
scott-kurnit
om-malik
Hedshot Richards
martin-nisenholtz
art-kern
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Hedshot Michelle Quinn
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scott-woelfel
Will India Meet Global Expectations?:
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Hedshot Bray
POLITICO Executive Editor Jim VandeHei. John Shinkle/Politico
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andrew-sullivan
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Update Branscum Hedshot
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Hedshot Angwin
Hedshot Caruso
harry-motro
michael-kinsley
gerald-levin
Hedshot Dvorak
Hedshot Dyson
matt-mullenweg
Update Bell Headshot
david-graves
arthur-sulzberger
jonah-peretti
merrill-brown
arianna-huffington
Hedshot Fallows
Larry Kramer
chris-schroeder
jeff-jarvis
hedshot Meeks
Hedshot Schlender

Four veterans of digital journalism and media — John Huey, Martin Nisenholtz, Paul Sagan, and later John Geddes — interviewed dozens of people who played important roles in the intersection of media and technology — from CEOs to coders, journalists to disruptors.

Riptide is the result: more than 50 hours of video interviews and two narrative essays that trace the evolution of digital news from early experiments to today. It’s what really happened to the news business.

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