short, sharp and narrowly targeted

That may, or should, be the future of newspapers, argues Journalism Prof Philip Meyer. What he’s advocating is that newspapers become more akin to magazines, though magazines dedicated to cultivating community influence, locally. I think he’s spot on in how we defines what news should be today:

“By news, I don’t mean stenographic coverage of public meetings, channeling press releases or listing unanalyzed collections of facts. The old hunter-gatherer model of journalism is no longer sufficient. Now that information is so plentiful, we don’t need new information so much as help in processing what’s already available. Just as the development of modern agriculture led to a demand for varieties of processed food, the information age has created a demand for processed information. We need someone to put it into context, give it theoretical framing and suggest ways to act on it.”

I think there’s a huge opportunity here.

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