HUMANS HAVE ALWAYS craved and shared news. News journalism started to emerge after the Gutenberg Revolution in the fifteenth century eventually blossoming as a profession with the Industrial Revolution and the invention of a clutch of mass media technologies that characterised the twentieth century. Then, on the eve of the twenty-first century, another revolution, as profound as the Gutenberg, started a new wave of even more complex and layered transformations. We are in the “one-reeler” stage of that revolution right now, intertwined with a global financial crisis. News and the professionals who fashion its forms and dissemination are caught up in a whirlpool of often mystifying changes. Well-known media blogger and journalist, Margaret Simons, herself wrestling with the challenges of adapting to novel demands and opportunities, tells there is no turning back now to the old one-to-many model of news journalism.
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