Jour­nal­ism as ser­vice:

But instead, we got mostly arti­cles. For that’s what jour­nal­ists do, isn’t it? We write arti­cles. We are sto­ry­tellers! But not every­thing should be a story. Sto­ries aren’t always the best vehi­cle for con­vey­ing infor­ma­tion, for inform­ing the pub­lic. Some­times lists, data bases, pho­tos, maps, wikis, and other new tools can do a bet­ter job.

It’s been said before and it still rings true. Related.

Shift­ing: The Newspaper

…on the web, it’s impos­si­ble to main­tain the fic­tion that you can gather a sin­gle pub­lic together in one place. There’s always going to be one link fur­ther that you never explored, or one site that is totally dif­fer­ent from you. And I think one of the things that the web does to jour­nal­ism is that it gives lie to the notion that jour­nal­ism can ever rep­re­sent “the pub­lic.” And that makes us cyn­i­cal about news.

Evening Edition topic pages

Not sure when they launched but the topic pages that Evening Edi­tion added are inter­est­ing. Syria’s one exam­ple I dug up. They seek to answer three ques­tions: What’s hap­pen­ing? Why you should know about this? and What now?

At the bot­tom there’s then a list of related sto­ries sorted chrono­log­i­cally. Cool to see some real-world exper­i­men­ta­tion with explain­ers. It’s prob­a­bly a lot of edi­to­r­ial work to craft those sum­maries but the pay­off is worth it, I think.

Who should see what when?

Inter­est, effects, agency. These are three ways that a story might inter­sect with you, and they are rea­sons you might need to see it.

Great arti­cle from Jonathan Stray. I’d pay for a news orga­ni­za­tion that approached its prod­uct from these three principles.

Local news­pa­pers, news deserts, and sim­ple stuff:

But truly, there’s no divine law nor any prac­ti­cal argu­ment to explain why news­pa­pers are the pre­ferred care­taker and dis­trib­u­tor of com­mu­nity information.

Stijn does a great job illus­trat­ing why local news­pa­pers are not irreplaceable.

My Get­tys­burg ora­tion: A vision for jour­nal­ism that can long endure:

But let’s be hon­est: Most of the con­tent we pub­lish isn’t sto­ries. It’s news. It’s facts. It’s infor­ma­tion. Let’s respect the pure, tra­di­tional story – the nar­ra­tive string of para­graphs – by reserv­ing that form for real sto­ries that have story ele­ments such as plot, char­ac­ter, set­ting and theme.

This whole speech is phenomenal.