Content vs. service – Jeff Jarvis on Future of Journalism

In our book, we talk about the many possibilities the digital renaissance is creating for journalism and storytelling. Where are we going and where will it end? Nobody knows.


One of the people we quote in the book on the future of news is Jeff Jarvis, founder The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.


Jarvis on his blog:

I have a new book about the future of news — or rather, about imagining many possible futures for news. It is my answer to the question I often hear: “So now that your damned, beloved internet has ruined news, what now?” I can’t and won’t predict. But I will explore opportunities t
he digital age presents for new relationships, new forms, and new business models for news. 
I meant to write a white paper — my response to the fine papers out of Columbia. It metastasized into a book. In it, I explore many ideas I’ve discussed on my blog and with news organizations I’ve worked with. It is a personal brainstorming. I hope many others — journalists, publishers, journalism students, journalism teachers, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors — will also imagine more futures for news. 
The book is published by the CUNY Journalism Press with help from OR Books. You can buy the paperback here; the ebook here; the combination here. There will soon be links to buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play. 

In addition, the book is free on medium.GeeksBearingGifts_CVR_101814_Mech_Rev.indd

An extract:

Is news really a content business? Should it be? Perhaps defining ourselves as content creators is a trap. That worldview convinces us that our value is embodied entirely in what we make rather than in the good people derive from it. The belief that our business is to produce a product called content is what drives us to build paywalls around it — to argue that the public should pay for what we make because it costs us money to make it and, besides, they’ve always paid for it. It motivates us to fight over protecting our content from what we view as theft — using copyright — rather than recognizing the value that content and the information in it can bring in informing relationships. As content creators, we separate ourselves from the public while we create our product until we are finished and make it public — because that is what our means of production and distribution long demanded; only now are we learning to collaborate during the process. Our monopoly over those means of production also convinced us that we could own, control, and wield pricing power over this scarcity called content.

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