Is an environmental news service something that could be organized under the auspices of AP? -- jl|
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 16:17:08 -0500
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Michigan Newspapers
A couple of years ago, Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at a New York university, said that the age of the journalism institution has passed and we're in the age of the journalism entrepreneur. I think that's about right.
Three years ago, when I was employed by a newspaper, I got one paycheck every other week. Then, my position was eliminated, and last week the guy who was given my work himself got the axe from the same paper. Now, I get much smaller checks coming it at varying intervals. I still write for a few dead tree publications, but I make even more money on Web-related projects, mostly because that's where all the work is these days.
I think that it's possible to create an environmentally related news service, but it's not something you'd be able to charge much for. There's not the demand that there is for the kind of insider political information you get from a MIRS or a Gongwer. You'd probably have to do that while doing other things, and figure out how to turn it into a revenue stream.
On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 3:51 PM, Kirk Haverkamp <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I wonder if there might be potential in developing environmental journalism as a cottage industry. Perhaps the mainstream media should take a page from other major industries and begin outsourcing coverage of certain areas, such as the environment, to specialized providers. A state or regional environmental news service, employing a team of environmental journalists working together, could offer cost savings to media outlets, employment for reporters and perhaps even better coverage than the currently fragmented efforts by individual news organizations, at least when it comes to the big stories. Local stories might be more likely to fall through the cracks, but that's already happening as papers shed staff.
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