Thought-provoking reading:

  • Not an upgrade, an upheaval. Clay Shirky’s latest, which starts with this: “The hard truth about the future of journalism is that nobody knows for sure what will happen; the current system is so brittle, and the alternatives are so speculative, that there’s no hope for a simple and orderly transition from State A to State B. Chaos is our lot; the best we can do is identify the various forces at work shaping various possible futures. Two of the most important are the changing natures of the public, and of subsidy.”
  • The end of the breaking news — as we know it, by Frédéric Filloux, fits well with Shirky’s piece.
  • Fatal assumptions, by Steve Yelvington, takes apart the assumptions portion of the Newspaper Economic Action Plan and argues newspaper execs need to pay attention to what the reading public saying and thinking.
  • Why being an unemployed journalist is the best thing to ever happen to me, from Mark Luckie at 10,000 Words. A sample: “It took a few months for me to realize it, but I had indeed been given a special opportunity to hone my craft and share my passion with others. Self discovery doesn’t pay the bills and news of being laid off is nothing a journalist wants to hear, but I take solace in the fact that creativity thrives in the most oppressive times of one’s life.” Required reading.
  • The Fundamental Training Need, by Derek Willis, calls for journalists to get much, much better at the fundamentals of organizing information. “In general, and this is my scientific conclusion, we suck at managing information.”
  • journalists’ diplomas and professional license | jornalistas diplomados e carteiras profissionais is a long, carefully crafted post by Portugal’s Alexandre Gamela on educating and licensing journalists, where that matters and where it doesn’t.
  • Breaking News Online: How One 19-Year Old Is Shaking Up Online Media, is a report on 19-year-old Michael van Poppel, who started Breaking News Online two years ago. Much of interest in the comments, too.