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2016 Future of Journalism - Background Readings

This collection of reading materials was created to prepare participants for the 2016 Aspen Institute Dialogue on the Future of Journalism by providing an overview of and background information on the various issues related to the journalism industry, including new technologies and economies. The readings are not intended to be a comprehensive collection of materials on the topic, but rather an overview of subjects relevant to the 2016 Future of Journalism dialogue.

Innovation in Journalism
Benjamin Mullin, “Bloomberg EIC: Automation is ‘crucial to the future of journalism’,” Poynter, April 27, 2016.

Brian O'Kelley, “Can Technology Save Journalism?” Forbes, February 23, 2016. 

Francesco Marconi, “What artificial intelligence can do for journalists and newsrooms,” Digital Content Next, May 6, 2016. 

News and Your Smart Phone
The Knight Foundation Report, “News Goes Mobile: How People Use Smartphones to Access Information,” Medium, May 11, 2016.

The Knight Foundation Report, “Growing Trends in News Consumption on Mobile,” Medium, May 11, 2016. 

Jessica Van Sack, “Video takes the lead in news gathering,” Boston Herald, June 20, 2016.

Anja Kröll, “The role of journalism in the digital age,” Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, December 2015.
Casey Newton, “Politicians have a powerful new tool in Periscope, and democracy is better off for it.” The Verge, June 23, 2016. 

Multiplatform, Changing Operations, and Engagement
Jeffrey Herbst, “The Algorithm Is an Editor.” The Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2016. 

Meghan McCarthy, “Choose Your Own News: Readers Want to Drive Coverage on Facebook, Traditional Outlets.” Morning Consult, May 18, 2016. 

Richard Gingras, “Building a Successful Future for News.” Medium, June 15, 2016. 

The Changing Nature and Ethics of Journalism
Jim Rutenberg, “Panama Papers Leak Signals a Shift in Mainstream Journalism.” The New York Times, April 10, 2016. 

Charles Lewis, “The future of journalism in three words: collaboration, collaboration, collaboration.” Investigative Reporting Workshop, April 19, 2016. 

Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel, The Elements of Journalism, Introduction, pg. 13, 2001

Andreaa Wenzel, Daniela Gerson and Evelyn Moreno, "Engaging Communities through Solutions Journalism," pgs. 4-11, 15-17, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, April 2016.

Economic Models
Charlie Firestone, “The Pixelization of Journalism.” Huffington Post, May 25, 2011. 

Jim Brady, “Local news isn’t dead. We just need to stop killing it.” Columbia Journalism Review, June 17, 2016. 

Steve Waldman, “Report for America,” Medium, June 9, 2015.