News 2.0: Can Journalism Survive the Internet?

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9
Networks, Indymedia
and the journalism field

Operating a team that is working remotely on the same
news product requires strong communications, so unlike
many other editors those at Ninemsn find much of their
communication is done via MSN Instant Messenger.

Andrew Hunter

Journalists of the near future—if they’re not all replaced by a Google newsbot or cheaper amateurs armed with a camera phone and a wi-fi palm pilot—will need to be networked. Like the Australian journalist Andrew Hunter (2009), who managed three remote locations for an Australian newsroom, journalists will need to understand and adapt to, if not help to shape, what leading media scholar Manuel Castells calls the ‘network society’. The networked journalist operates in an environment where the public is no longer just a formless group of receivers. In some cases they will be very well informed and any reporter who can’t keep up, or stay ahead of the pack, will soon be caught out. Networked journalists will have to add value; they must report, analyze, aggregate and comment better than they did before networking. They will also have to work faster and keep an eye on audience metrics. As Andrew Hunter notes, if a story is not performing within 15 minutes of being loaded onto the Ninemsn news site it is pulled and replaced: ‘It’s yanked if it’s not rating.’ However, the idea of the networked journalist has taken on a new meaning in the age of News 2.0; it has become a term to describe collaborations between professionals and amateurs using social media,

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