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Survey results: “Hacking the now of journalism”

05/21/2009

In the last few days, 25 people have taken the survey and the results and comments are full of good ideas. One of my favorite answers came from someone who was responding to the question, “What do you NOT want to see at Digital Journalism Camp?” They answered: “Esoteric conversation about the future of journalism. This should be about hacking the now of journalism.”

Amen.

Here’s a quick round up of some other answers.

Voters’ most and least favorite topics:

  • New revenue models for journalism 88%
    Hyper-local news 76%
  • Podcasting 29%
    Ruby on Rails, Drupal, Django, etc. 35%

What’s missing from the list of topics?

  • WordPress/BuddyPress & other open source CMS systems
  • Serving underserved readers
  • Criticism. There’s tons out there about the future of journalism, specifically investigate journalism. But arts criticism of all sorts is an equally vital service provided by media outlets, and little has been said about the future of reviews and the critics that write them if newspapers go under.
  • In what ways would/should/might the media model be different in Portland than in other cities?

Rank the importance of having unconference-style sessions on a scale of one to five:

unconf

1: 24% 2: 12% 3: 29% 4: 24% 5: 12%

Rank the importance of having a social hour on a scale of one to five:

social

1: 0% 2: 12% 3: 12% 4: 53% 5: 24%

What do you NOT want to see at Digital Journalism Camp?

  • I think it behooves the organizers to make clear that all interested in digital journalism are welcome, that this is an open conversation about the topic that includes both the audience, the content producers formerly known as the audience, and traditional media professionals.
  • Yet another fruitless discussion on how to save mainstream media or new revenue sources. Those subjects have been beaten to death on the journalism and marketing blogs, and there’s no way we’re going to come up with anything surprising or new in a day.
  • Navel gazing about how to “save” journalism. Mostly that turns into talk about how to save our jobs. The more basic question is why our readers/audiences don’t seem to care about serious journalism anymore. Can we look at this from the perspective of demand, not supply?
  • Boring. Lecture-style. We’re talking digital media, so it better be interactive! Too structured leads to lack of innovation.

If you haven’t already, vote now.

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