If you had a choice, would you rather be working in the alt-weekly business back when the profits were still fat and technology hadn’t yet changed the way we produce and consume news? Or would you rather be working in the business today?
That was the question New York Times columnist (and former Washington City Paper editor) David Carr asked the audience during his session at AAN’s Annual Convention in Toronto this past July. The video, which is now available here and in the resource library, is well worth a watch.
In answer to the question above, Carr said that while journalists are undoubtedly facing a period of great uncertainty, they also have more tools at their disposal than ever before. Researchers can fact check instantly and receive immediate feedback from the audience, leading to a richer, deeper form of journalism. “I’m scared,” he admits, “but I’m really excited.”
Looking at the alt-weekly world specifically, Carr made some key observations:
News is the killer app. Break the news and the world will link and beat a path to your door.
(Video shot and edited by Graeme David Phillips)