Clay Shirky, posted this today on his blog, Clay Shirky.fishwraps not hooking readers 262x400 Why Fishwraps are Hooking Less Readers

If you have been following the newspaper crisis of readership disappearing and newspapers subsequently closing than you need to read his post. It’s long but one of the salient points is this quote:

Society doesn’t
need
newspapers. What
we need is journalism
Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism
. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead.

When we shift our attention from ’save newspapers’ to ’save society’, the imperative changes from ‘preserve the current institutions’ to ‘do whatever works.’ And what works today isn’t the same as what used to work.
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky

Along with this post I would also point your attention to the shifts occurring in the newspaper business this past few weeks. The New York Times has created an API to allow programmers and web developers to access their articles and the Guardian announced the same thing.

I think it’s fairly obvious that these moves are significant but I hope that Journalism survives in the process. As much as I hate Leftist publications like the New York Times, they ultimately do more good then harm as the “4th Branch of Government”.

One last thought, I highly recommend reading my 50 million users in 2 years post and specifically watch the video. The interesting point on the video that is relevant here is this:

It is estimated that a weeks’ worth of
the New
York Times contains
more information than a
person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
It is estimated that a weeks’ worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.

Additional Coverage:

Newspaper as a Platform: Guardian Launches API – ReadWriteWeb
This move by the Guardian comes just about a month after the New York Times opened up its Article Search API, which also gives developers access to a complete set of the paper’s content…
http://www.readwriteweb.com

NEW YORK TIMES FORCED TO SELL ITS JET – TechChuck
The Guardian just launched a new API which will allow third-party developers to access and reuse the Guardian’s content database in their own applications. The new API is part of the Guardian’s new…
http://www.techchuck.com

BAD IDEA magazine | Guardian Open Platform API Looking A Lot …
Guardian Open Platform API Looking A Lot Better Than The New York Times’ The Guardian, with their newly announced Open Platform, are heading into the 21st century of profitability much faster than…
http://www.badidea.co.uk

Visualising the News (The Guardian & New York Times APIs) » Lone …
Hot on the heels of The New York Times, The Guardian announced yesterday the release of their Open Platform which allows access to data from full-text articles back to 1999. The Open Platform…
http://www.lonegunman.co.uk

APIs: The new distribution « BuzzMachine
March 13, 2009 at 6:43 pm. [...] you get back. He he made compelling cases for full RSS feeds and (citing Jeff Jarvis on “the new distribution“) API’s from the Guardian and New York Times……
http://www.buzzmachine.com

Guardian joins New York Times in releasing open API | Online …
Will 2009 be the year news organisations finally went open? Barely a month after the New York Times allowed users to build on 28 years of content with its.
http://onlinejournalismblog.com


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