In about a week, I will be taking part in an ad-hoc, open discussion with interested folks about solutions and tasks that can help media companies transform.
On Saturday, Jan. 24, the first BarCamp NewsInnovation (#newsinnovation) will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on the campus of the University of Missouri.
It seemed like a perfect opportunity to bring something positive and innovative to Mizzou, and to people in the middle of the country who, I’m sure, have ideas that no one has heard before, or questions that are unique to the region and need to be addressed by those who know the situations best.
Kelsey is a representative of a journalist being trained for a world living in the new information ecosystem. She doesn’t live in the same arena that editors and reporters currently do. We have a lot to learn from people like her.
Journalists are saying that the younger generations will be leading the way in the next few years in our industry, and by bringing a BarCamp NewsInnovation to Missouri, I hoped that I could help bring a forum to some of those younger minds, hear everyone’s ideas (not just those from the younger people), and hopefully spark some neat new ideas of my own.
As I’ve said before, and many people have said, journalism isn’t dying, it’s just changing, and entering a new phase. I want to be on the front of that change, and I felt that having BarCamp NewsInnovation at Mizzou was a great place to start.
I realize, now more than ever, that simply having these types of discussions and listening to new voices is not enough. There is a lot of inertia working against the transformation of journalism, and there is plenty of corporate fossilization that stands in the way.
I am very open to ideas on this, but my hope is to come away from these ad-hoc discussions with firm tasks or new tools that can be pursued through evangelism, but most importantly by action. Please, share your thoughts on that with me by commenting below or via email.
Here are a few of the topics that Kelsey, I and others will likely be talking about and presenting at BarCamp NewsInnovation. The nature of a barcamp means that the topics aren’t really decided until the day of, but this may get us started. You can add your topic to the wiki.
- Web shells
- New business model experimentation
- copress.org – virtual presentation by Adam Hemphill
- What do information consumers want?
- What obstacles are in the way for newspapers to actually change?
- The Wikification of Knowledge
- How do we design filters that let user find their way through the abundance of information?
- Demo/discussion – NewsMixer.us
- How to bring RSS to small papers workflow without expense
- How to encourage communities to work together using media-built online communities