The shift from competition to collaboration in the American newsroom has been so profound that in 2009 theColumbia Journalism Review argued that "there is something fundamental under way." That same year, Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger wrote, "I've seen the future, and it's mutual." The trend is clear, and by all accounts collaborations are expanding and maturing, but do we have a clear enough understanding of what motivates these collaborative efforts? What are the factors inside and outside the newsroom that are inspiring this great collaborative shift?
This is a love story about television. My love story about television.
I cut the cable cord a long time ago. The cost was too high and the majority of channels offered were, well, mediocre at best. I got by for years on my new favorite format: TV on DVD. I bought box sets and spent hours soaking up the plotlines from Six Feet Under and the West Wing. I became a series binger — that is, I would complete what took those poor regular cable subscribers years in the course of a few weeks (OK, sometimes it was a few days).
Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to
put television broadcasters’ public and political files online to make them
easier to access. This is a major victory.
But while all TV broadcasters will have to migrate the majority of their public records online this year, only stations in the top 50 media markets that are also affiliated with major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, Fox or NBC) are required to digitize their political files this election season. All other TV stations can delay posting until 2014.
These exemptions mean that not a single Spanish-language station will be required to put its political file online this election year.
A scathing report in Britain
that Rupert Murdoch and other News Corp. executives engaged in an extensive
cover-up of “rampant law breaking” may have ramifications for the media mogul in
the United States.
How far-reaching those consequences are depends on U.S. politicians’
willingness to face down one of the most powerful media figures of our
This is how we watch TV in the 21st century: We fire up our laptops, our Roku boxes or our mobile devices. We open Hulu. We search for Parks and Recreation. Done.
But Hulu’s owners — Disney, News Corp. and Comcast, which respectively own ABC, Fox and NBC — are about to ruin this experience. If they have their way, you’ll need a cable subscription to watch any TV show on the Internet.