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

Blogging -- a Key Transition?

Volume 1:
CEOs, Coders, News Execs, Disrupters

dave-winer
In order to do the job as you’ve defined it these guys have to see the world through the eyes of the people that they cover. The bloggers don’t. The bloggers are people.
Dave Winer
chloe-sladden
But now, you’ve moved news from the morning newspaper, then there was TV and you could break in late at night. Now, you’ve got blogs. Now, you’ve got Twitter sharing news as it happens.
Chloe Sladden
andrew-sullivan
Eventually, he said, “Here’s this new platform called Blogger.com. Why don’t you put up your own pieces.
Andrew Sullivan

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Career Entry Points

Volume 2:
Tech Journalists

Hedshot Caruso
I was the switchboard operator at the San Luis Obispo County Telegram Tribune. I had dropped out of college and I was working at the newspaper at the switchboard.
Denise Caruso
Hedshot Pogue
I worked for a little computer club called the New York Mac User Group. Their magazine was called the MacStreet Journal. It was an eight-page xeroxed newsletter.
David Pogue
Hedshot Markoff
Somewhere around, I would say, the end of the anti-war movement, I picked my head up and realized everyone else had left.
John Markoff

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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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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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