I’ll be spending much of the next few days getting stuck into a new book I’ve been commissioned to write by the excellent Vision Sports Publishing. I need to crack the manuscript before spending a few months working as series editor on the set of books that my volume will form part of. I’m hoping to have time to keep up with developments in the media world as these fascinating times we live in continue to surprise and engage.
A scan of the web this morning has already thrown up some interesting snippets. I was really encouraged by journalism student David Molloy’s piece on the balance required between “technology and technique”, as he puts it – a very welcome contribution to the debate. Coming alongside the details of the FT’s new production system, see previous post for links, it shows that there are some viable proposals for the media’s future that are not just being shaped by cost-cutting and technobabble.
Speaking of which, I checked Roy Greenslade’s blog to see what his take on the FT plans were, but there’s nothing there yet. There is another sweeping generalisation that all print is doomed and everyone will be producing on screen in future, and the assertion that “skilled veteran journalists should be training people to become citizen journalists”. I worry about the man’s students at City University, I really do.
In a similar vein, Charlie Beckett’s well-thought-through piece on Twitter is also well worth a read. Dare I believe the era of technodazzle is over? People are actually talking about how to use stuff. Off to research the book now – doomed as the genre is.