Journalism and the ‘attention crisis’ challenge
If there is one thing that journalists in the current digital age should be afraid of, it is the prospect of becoming useless, considering the trajectory of technology.
The first 15 days of the 2014 Thomson Foundation summer convergence course made this obvious.
For many of the course participants – this writer included – practising journalism with the traditional tools and skills is daunting enough in an environment where demanding accountability is sometimes seen as foolhardy.
Demanding information from the authorities, either scandalous and strong or harmless and benign is treated with an almost paranoid attitude in some cases.