Posts Tagged ‘journalism’

Technology & Innovation Roundtable: Chris O’Brien

September 8, 2008

Chris starts off by admitting he is a Twitter user. Funny. Almost like it is a guilty pleasure. He works for the San Jose Mercury News and is one of the few journalists that is excited by the innovations happening in his industry. Granted, he is slightly younger than the folks on the previous panel and I am sure that plays into his mindset greatly.

He is finding alternate ways to connect with their local community, whether through podcasts people can listen to while commuting to work to posting (gasp!) printed flyers on campuses to get the word out to the younger generation. They are experimenting with what works best for the people they serve.

Something he said hit home and sums up ANY business these days: “You have to be a center of innovation to retain relevancy”


Media Roundtable: Jim Bettinger

September 8, 2008

Jim sees the adoption of online news resources as both a benefit, and a detriment to existing ‘traditional’ papers.He lives in an environment where they are training future journalists, but can’t honestly say where those new journalists will be employed once they graduate.

He shared an interesting survey around a local action (widening of Oregon Expressway project in Palo Alto) that found most of the stories generated around this ‘event’ came from traditional outlets, not independent websites, blogs, etc. – and Palo Alto is in the center of the tech industry.

Information wants to be free (be accessible to all), and by nature, it wants to be expensive (to support costs of this initiave). The tension between both ideals will not go away. They key is to find a path that allows for both for long term success.