6.02.2007

Anyone else out there thinking about the future of newspapers on a sunny Saturday afternoon?

What would Elroy want to read?

Ok, so maybe it's only The Blog. But that's what makes The Blog The Blog. Anyhoo ... just sitting around doing some Saturday clicking, The Blog came across this great list MediaShift's Mark Glaser posted a few months ago. Glaser is imagining a future for newspapers. Here's a sample:
The way it is: Editors assign stories to reporters.
The way it will be: The community helps with story generation through special online forums, blogs and other interactive mechanisms.
The way it is: Newspapers try to cover all the news themselves.
The way it will be: "Cover what you do best. Link to the rest."
The way it is: Newsrooms.
The way it will be: Cars.
Here's a link to the full post.

The Blog read the list and got to thinking about how it could apply to visual folks like, say, The Blog.

Want to have some fun? Help the Blog fill these out:

The way it is: Designers put together pages on deadline, sometimes getting their ideas online, sometimes not.
The way it will be: ???

The way it is: Graphic artists brainstorm/report/generate graphics, sometimes making them interactive and digital, sometimes not.
The way it will be: ???

So, where would we fit in to this open-source newsroom? The Blog is thinking worst case, we get outsourced to Bangalore; best case, we become indispensable visual thinkers in a dynamic newsroom that shares information across all boundaries of media and all boundaries of time. Could go either way.

What do you think?

1 Comments:

Blogger Matt Mansfield said...

OK. This is interesting. I'll take a shot ...

The way it is: Designers put together pages on deadline, sometimes getting their ideas online, sometimes not.
The way it will be: Design starts online and works back to print.

The way it is: Graphic artists brainstorm/report/generate graphics, sometimes making them interactive and digital, sometimes not.
The way it will be: Interaction design, which engages news consumers in immersive information, becomes the new standard. The importance of graphics storytelling to simplify the complex is never more important.

The wait it is: Product
The way it will be: Experience

Saturday, June 02, 2007 10:39:00 PM  

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