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There’s no such thing as the news industry anymore. Sounds pretty damning, right? Well, it’s actually not as bad as it might seems. Journalism is a very different place now–its skills, processes and practice have fragmented so much that newsrooms aren’t the information factories they used to be. That’s what the Tow Center’s latest report, “Post-Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present”, has found. Co-authored by Emily Bell, Clay Shirky and C.W. Anderson, the report discusses the skills, structures and systems now needed to give us the best chance of creating good journalism.
About the authors
Emily Bell, is the director of the Tow Center and former director of digital content for Guardian News and Media; Clay Shirky is a professor at NYU and author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, and C.W. Anderson is an assistant professor at CUNY.
May 2011—How can digital journalism turn a profit? In the Tow Center’s second report, the financial state of digital journalism is put under the microscope. The authors rigorously analyze and assess business models of online media to understand what’s making money, what’s not and, more crucially: why. The report provides comprehensive analysis of the business challenges that for-profit news organizations face with their digital venues.
Bill Grueskin, Ava Seave, and Lucas Graves are the co-authors of “The Story so Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism.” Grueskin is dean of academic affairs at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Seave is a principal of Quantum Media, a NYC-based consulting firm. Graves is a PhD candidate in communications at Columbia University.
October 2010—This report explores the industry of Internet measurement and its impact on news organizations working online. It investigates this landscape through a combination of documentary research and interviews with measurement companies, trade groups, advertising agencies, media scholars, and journalists from national newspapers, regional papers, and online‐only news ventures.
Lucas Graves is a PhD candidate in Communications at Columbia University, where his dissertation studies the fact-checking movement in American journalism, he is also a research fellow at the New America Foundation. John Kelly is a graduate of the PhD program in Communications at Columbia University and has studied communications at Stanford and at Oxford’s Internet Institute.