Liberia, and my class project

I finished my class with Philip Meyer.  The final project was required to be a proposal for a new medium.

Ideas for a new medium are easy. It was more difficult to think of something that is doable for me and combines the values and lessons of the class — such as serving low-end customers or nonconsumers, and putting a priority on people’s “jobs to be done” and their priorities (making it easy for people to do what they want to do, in the way they want to do it), while still making it journalism (well-rounded meals).

The obvious nonconsumer market is youth. Much is already marketed to 15-35-year-olds. It’s smarter to think younger.

But the same lessons can be applied to just individuals but larger markets — such as underdeveloped countries. So I poked around and found a model for expansion, by Alfred Sirleaf, in Monrovia, Liberia. Lydia Polgreen of The New York Times wrote about him, so I wrote to her to see if she knows how I might be able to contact him. 

In the meantime, here’s part of my class paper.

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Published in: on December 16, 2007 at 6:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Findings: to whom to pass the torch

From Hal Crowther at the Independent Weekly, via Philip Meyer:

“But the key point of understanding is that while the newspaper is expendable, the tradition it represents and the information it supplies are not. The evolution from Gutenberg to Gates may be irreversible, but as new media replace old ones there’s no official passing of the torch of responsibility, no automatic transfer of the sacred trust the First Amendment placed upon the free press and its proprietors. In fact the handoff, such as it is, has been fumbled very badly. As newspapers are eviscerated, marginalized and abandoned, they leave a vacuum that nothing and no one is prepared to fill—a crisis on its way to becoming a tragedy. When railroads and riverboats began to go the way of the passenger pigeon, no one was harmed except the workforce and a few big investors who had failed to diversify. If professional journalism vanishes along with the newspapers, this thing we call a constitutional democracy becomes a banana republic.”

Read/Write Web gives an example of who could inherit the torch. Josh Catone writes that stories by the Fake Steve Jobs were spread through a number of blogs as if they were real.

Published in: on October 26, 2007 at 8:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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Book report: ‘The Innovator’s Solution’

This is my homework for my “Saving Journalism” class.


       The Innovator’s Solution” explains how grooves become ruts – and how to climb out of the holes.

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Published in: on October 23, 2007 at 9:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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