Journalism and Technology

By J. Richard Stevens, Ph.D.

A presentation to Michael Tracy's Contemporary Mass Media class, November 5, 2009.


Journalism Defined

JOUR-nalism (French, "the accounting of the day")

JOURNALism ("the act of recording the events of the day")

Journalism (the post-1920s industry that serves the social function of surveillance, watchdog of the government and corporate institutions and the primary interface between citizen and society)

"The news of the day as it reaches the newspaper office is an incredible medley of fact, propaganda, rumor, suspicion, clues, hopes, and fears, and the task of selecting and ordering that news is one of the truly sacred and priestly offices in a democracy." Walter Lippmann, Liberty and the News, 1920

Citizens in the right place ...

The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog

Knights for Free Water (facebook)

Virginia Tech Journalism Student Jamal Albarghouti

Advantages of Multimedia - CONTEXT

El Mundo’s coverage of the Spanish train bombing

The New York Times’ Tsunami coverage

Map Mashups

New York in the Movies

GawkerStalker Mashup

AP Mashup


Presenting Data

Is it better to buy or rent? (NYT)

Can a President tame the business cycle?

Faces of the Dead (NYT)

Word Associations

Election reaction (NYT)

Reader response analysis of Obama Administration (NYT)

Inaugural words (NYT)

"News you can use"

Battle of the Bags (MSNBC)

Seattle Transportation grid (Seattle Post-Intelligencier)

Journalism Elements (that do not change)

  • Fairness
  • Attribution
  • Accuracy
  • Relevance
  • Newness

Digital Journalism Elements

  • Audience control
  • Nonlinearity
  • Storage and retrieval (archiving)
  • Unlimited space/Unlimited time (more room for context)
  • Immediacy
  • Multimedia capability
  • Interactivity/User-generated content (Web 2.0 integration)


Read My Lips (Mashup Commentary)

Challenge of the SuperDuperFriends

Sunday Bloody Sunday by George W. Bush

Hillary's Baggage

Obama Girl - “I Got a Crush ... On Obama!”

The Future?

History Commons 9/11 Timeline Mashup

The Annotated New York Times

OhMyNews! (South Korea)