Today's Obsession: Reading the News about the News

Chicago courthouse

Chicago's 54 Courthouse Place, shot by Flickr member swanksalot

At Reuters, there’s an article that outlines a lot of the troubles the publishing industry is having. There is not enough digital expertise in mainstream journalism yet, and still too rudimentary an understanding of online business models. There is a distinct difference between what the journalism industry knows how to do—create content, some of exemplary quality—and what the web is doing well: moving ideas around.

If you’re interested in journalism as a designed medium, this is such a fantastic time to get involved, just as free press is being reinvented. There are so many designers and coders needed to build content management systems flexible enough to help the backbone of American public communication transition into the twenty-first century—and so few doing it very well.

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