Saturday, February 28, 2009
  The Future of Journalism Interview
Another interview, this one for an online publication called Face the State.

Here's the promo:
"The recent closure of the Rocky Mountain News raises plenty of questions about the future of journalism, including prospects for students studying news reporting. What options await students graduating into such an unfavorable jobs climate? FTS visits with Rick Stevens, associate professor of journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder to find out."


(Of course, I'm actually an assistant professor, but why quibble over a temporary promotion?)

And here's the audio file:

If you'd like to download it, use this link:
fts-weekend-2009-02-28-segment3-web.mp3
 
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
  The CUIndependent board
I've just been asked to serve on the publications board of the CUIndependent. This student-run news outlet has been controversial in recent years and is in the process of being separated from the SJMC program's oversight.

The board's duties? To select the editor-in chief for each upcoming semester, and to provide journalistic accountability for the CUI.

So, I guess I should start reading it more consistently. I should probably also keep some notes in this blog about what I see.
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
  The Fate of Journalism Interview
I was interviewed a few days ago about the downturn in the print newspaper industry.

Here's the article:
http://media.www.oxyweekly.com/media/storage/paper1200/news/2009/02/11/Features/The-Fate.Of.Journalism-3623219.shtml

Key quotes (of mine) from the article:

"We are in a new era in terms of communication and unfortunately the news industry, particularly print, have been very slow to change the way they do business," said assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Richard Stevens.


Another:

"We haven't experienced a communication revolution like this probably since the printing press was invented. But I don't think that means automatically that the print industry is doomed. I just think it means that they are going to have to rethink the way they do business and find a new philosophy and a new place in the American media diet. We have to change or die. It's evolution. It's that simple," Stevens said.


(I think this last one was a bit mangled, but still gets close to what I was saying).

The interview lasted for about 20 minutes and I recall delving rather deeply into diffusion theory and Fidler's mediamorphosis process to describe the possibilities in front of us, but none of that made it in.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Journalists don't seem to like to include theoretical perspectives in their interviews, and if this weren't true, the industry might not be in the fix it is (for example, Fidler's theory is at least 13 years old at this point).
 
Thursday, February 05, 2009
  Juicy Campus Dries Up
Well, it's officially gone.

As of 12:01 a.m., the controversial gossip site JuicyCampus.com went offline.

The site's demise was announced yesterday in the homepage's banner, as well as on founder Matt Ivester's blog.

Citing a loss of ad revenue in the current economic climate, Ivester announced that yesterday would be the final day of the site's services.

While at SMU, I was involved in many of the discussions and debates about the content related to the Hilltop. The ruthless commentary filled with sexually explicit language, the references to the bugeoning drug culture and several incredible violations of individuals' privacy kept the site in the public discourse. And this was likely the objective of it's design.

When I accepted the position at the University of Colorado at Boulder, I looked at the gossip posted on the site for the campus. Much tamer by SMU standards, the campus unit was removed sometime in the last few months via request.

Much of the content posted on the site was stirred up by trolls and bots, and little of the available content had socially redeeming value.

So long, JuicyCampus. You will not be missed.

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