Dec 14, 2009

Two Interesting Posts: Colin Mulvany - Will the touch tablet save professional journalism? & Michael Arrington -The End of Hand Crafted Content

Technology is changing our world, and in some fields, more so than others.  For professional newspaper journalists, things are pretty bleak, as web-based news content is stamping out much of what has been held dear to the heart in traditional press rooms. Newspaper companies are folding and great journalists have lost their jobs.

Is there hope for the future?

Journalists who have digital media skills are voicing their views about this phenomenon as the profession moves to reinvent itself.  There is much to discuss, since the number of folks with Smartphones and access to web-based news content on-the-go increases each day.

The first post I'm sharing was written by Colin Mulvany, who works as a multimedia producer at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington.  He began his career is a still photographer, but changed gears and transitioned to his present role creating content for his paper's on-line website.  

Colin Mulvany is the author of the Mastering Multimedia blog.  His blog post, Will the touch tablet save professional journalism?provides an overview of changes in journalism and links to related on-line articles about the topic. What I liked about Mulvany's post is his vision of how the transition from newspaper to the digital world might play out in the near future. 

It all centers around the touch-tablet that is paired with the newspaper.  So how will this make money?   Mulvany has a few ideas.  One of his suggestions involves improving the navigation of newspaper websites, and providing content and layout that the reader can customize for interaction with the tablet.

The second article, The End of Hand Crafted Content written by Michael Arrington at Tech Crunch, points out how on-line news content is like "fast food", generated by blogs and aggregators.   Arrington discusses how the same content is written and refashioned and written, and the true creators of the content (real journalists!) are not often noted...or noticed.

Arrington provides good links on his post.  If you have time on your hands, take time to read it, and also browse through the numerous comments posted by readers. Although I rarely am inspired to comment on an on-line post, in this instance, I did so.  My comment is buried in there somewhere!

Minority Report Scenes: 
3D ads at the mall, subway scene with USA-Today e-paper (updated with video in "real time")

The holographic ads in the Minority Report mall scene begin at 0:28.  The subway scene with the USA Today 3-paper begins at 1:27.  (Mulvany has a similar video on his post.)

Holographic Ad at a Canadian Mall: "Living Poster"

Maybe the holograph guy in the mall could deliver the news or a weather report, along with a few Minority Report-like mall ads!


Alpay Kasal said...

Veyr interesting indeed. I've been watching the movement in ereaders for quite awhile (being kind of an early adopter reading ebooks on my windows mobile pda's and phone for years now). I find it amazing to see how quickly the magazine and news industry is suddenly scurrying. It good to see them choose to reinvent themselves rather than fight the wave of technology (unlike the music industry and the mpaa sueing anyone with shares on limewire). If the publishing industry truly embraces forthcoming tech, then we will see real competition for futuristic gadgets,a nd with that, an opportunity to explore news ways of interacting with news and newsmakers... as well as an opportunity for good journalists to shine in a new light.

btw, the holograms in the malls - die cut free standing rear projection screens. There is a high gain material at work (like 3M's Vikuiti) cut into the shape of the model... which means the projected model can never leave the pose they are in. not quite a hologram viewing experience.

Lynn Marentette said...

Thanks for the information about the 3D "holigram"!