This is the third part of my inaugural lecture at City University London, ‘Is Ice Cream Strawberry?’. You can find part one here, and part two here.
The production line has been replaced by a network
The problem is that most media organisations still think they are manufacturing cars, and they still see journalists as part of an internal production line.
Even the most progressive simply expect existing staff to become multiskilled multiplatform journalists, doing more work – but still on the same production line.
But we can redraw that diagram of the overlapping of newsgathering, production and distribution as a network diagram. And the problem with the production line approach becomes more apparent.
The news industry is caught trying to straddle the gap between the physical, and the digital. Continue reading