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The Future of Journalism Is Written in Neon

Posted on Apr 13, 2010
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He didn’t seem to mourn the change. Cooper himself has been an outsider journalist who, during the mainstream media’s glory days, didn’t have much respect for those who worked in it. “Is the moral imperative to protect the highest-grade journalists or produce the maximum amount of information in the public interest?” he asked. “This is the democratization of the media—fewer rich people at the top, a bigger base of the pyramid and lower pay.” He added, “Revolutionary periods are very rough until the new regime is consolidated.”

This is unsettling for a mainstream veteran like me. But I know it’s true. The news business is changing fast, but hopefully not for the worse. The new journalists won’t be lifers at places like the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and NBC. They’ll have had a variety of jobs. Some of the rookies will be restaurant servers or Starbucks baristas part of the time, just as actors are now. When they get full-time jobs, their bosses at websites, newspapers and broadcast stations may be the same kind of stupid tyrants you find in too many places today.

But the most talented, ambitious and lucky will survive. There are a few of them right now on the campuses of USC and many other colleges, and some not in college, getting ready to follow the difficult path of I.F. Stone from the bottom to the heights—not in pay, but in public service.


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By igelle elias terhemen, April 20, 2010 at 12:40 am Link to this comment
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journalism is an all time rich and progressive vocation ,paying of bills and leaving well is like the finishing of an apartment that is designed accorden to your means, so let journalist design their their life styles to suit their income level.

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By NT Reporter, April 16, 2010 at 9:53 am Link to this comment
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To Just a Girl,
Who are you to care where someone in this article is from? You are wrong. Journalism needs something just like NeonTommy. Schools with resources, such as Annenberg, should be leading the way and paying their reporters, which is exactly what they are doing. We are trying to make news relevant again and figure out something that works. If schools like Annenberg don’t try, who will?

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By amunaor, April 14, 2010 at 11:52 am Link to this comment

THANKS PSmith for taking the time to dig up all of those links!

Journalist, Naomi Klein deserves mention here also:

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism -

Naomi’s revelation of the massive, CI of A sponsored, bloody purges that took place during the 1970’s, in Argentina and Chile, so as to ‘Clean the Slate’ in preparation for Friedman’s, ubiquitous religion of the Multi-National.

Decade of the 1970’s -

Sergio de Castro, Pinochet’s ‘Freidman Schooled’ economics minister, said he could never have done it without Pinochet’s iron fist backing him up. (Referring to the implementation of a brutal policy for ‘Wiping the Slate Clean’ in order to make way for the new religion of a U.S. sponsored, Freidman based, ‘Free Market’ ideology. The economists taught their students to look upon the population as a psychiatric patient, requiring ‘Shock Treatment’ in effort to cleanse it of its ‘collective’ cancer, simply because it - the population mindset - didn’t fit Friedman’s free-market model.)

It was Nixon who would give the Freidman Chicago Boys and their professors something they had long dreamed of: a chance to prove that their capitalist utopia was more than a theory in a basement workshop – a shot at remaking a country from scratch. Democracy had been inhospitable to the Chicago Boys in Chile; dictatorship would prove an easier fit – Klein

Chile’s coup, when it finally came, would feature three distinct forms of shock, a recipe that would be duplicated in neighboring countries and would reemerge, three decades later, in Iraq. The shock of the coup; financial shock; the other, Ewen Cameron’s shock, drug and sensory deprivation research, codified as torture techniques in the ‘Kubark’ manual and disseminated through extensive CIA training programs for Latin American police and military. – Klein

This is the same Free Market formula Reaganomics and Thatcherism imbued itself with. Amongst the Chicago Boy Institution’s professors included such luminaries of destruction as George Shultz, and Donald Rumsfeld; Rumsfeld describing Freidman and his colleagues “a real cluster of dememted geniuses.”

In 1985 John McCain visits Pinochet. McCain described the meeting with Pinochet “as friendly and at times warm, but noted that Pinochet does seem obsessed with the threat of communism.” Gee, I wonder who planted that bug into Pinochet’s deranged psyche?

RE: PSmith

Mr. Duane Clarridge of the CIA’s Murder-and-Torture-R’-US Operations department—demonstrating his inner psychopath on live TV for John Pilger -


John Pilger - Pinochet’s coup - concentration camp - torture - The Nixon / Kissinger / Rockefeller Pinochet Chilean coup of September 11th 1973 - 30,000 murdered, 100,000 tortured - War on Democracy –

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

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By prosefights, April 14, 2010 at 8:37 am Link to this comment

msm tries to shape, not report, the news.

Without Internet our stolen $22,036 would be gone for sure. Google ‘nojeh nsa lawsuit’ for details. Outcome is not so sure because of internet.

msm is largely populated with liberal arts educated who are mostly into interpretation as opposed to facts.  Aka BS artists.

Internet solutions may not last too long because of looming increased cost and availabity of electricity.

msm paints Iran as wanting nuclear bombs as opposed to its need for more electricity.

Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.

Mark Twain

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By Gordy, April 14, 2010 at 5:12 am Link to this comment

Hellz yeah, I hope kids like these continue to have a

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By ash bhoopathy (BettrAt), April 13, 2010 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment
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It delights me to no end that other people are concerned and are carrying the
torch to figure out what the future of journalism should be.  There are those of us
who (while we live in Generation Y or digital or whatever the latest label is that
they’ve created for us) feel that informed sources of content are more important
now than they ever were.

I’m curious to see what you come up with.  If I could give you any hints at what I’d
pay for, I’d suggest curation, personalization, and providing the intellectual
scaffolding for me to reflect in a deeper way about written articles/content.  This
doesn’t have to mean expensive video production—there are other ways to
achieve this.

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By amunaor, April 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

New Journalists Please Lineup Here:

Iceland - world’s first free speech haven:


More Info at WikiLeaks on Twitter:

Sunlight is always the best disinfectant!

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

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By Just a girl, April 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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It’s easy to talk about nothing stopping you when your father is an executive at CBS and you have no student loans. Yes your interviewees are smart and hard-working, but some people can afford to take any opportunity that comes their way—even if it’s an unpaid internship or a $20K job right out of school—and some people can’t. I work two jobs to pay off my student loans, and I have had seven days off in the past 10 months. That’s including weekends.

I love journalism, but I can personally attest that being a cub reporter from a middle-class background really tests your resolve. It forces you to make decisions that wealthier kids simply don’t face. I’m sure that’s true of every profession, but I think it’s especially the case in an industry where not only is networking half of the battle, but unpaid internships and work opportunities—like Neon Tommy—are rampant. Neon Tommy is a great site, but I don’t think it’s doing anything to return journalism to its working class roots. If anything, it’s doing the opposite.

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By Nobody, April 13, 2010 at 9:10 am Link to this comment
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The issue isn’t finding bright young things to carry the mantle, it is:

a) finding a distribution model that is truly independent, self-financing, and
run by people who uphold the highest standards,

and b) finding ways to support (i/e basic living needs) for all those journalists
who’ve devoted their lives to this craft and then find themselves in late middle
age without enough to live on, and out on the streets.

Why did you axe my post on the growing evidence that the US military is
targetting Reuters journalists? The guy in Thailand was shot directly through
the heart in an incident involving live fire into the AIR. That’s a hell of a
misdirect or ricochet. That guy was shot direct in the centre of the body mass
with the bullet out the back. That makes it a hit. No-one else was hit, specially
not like that, so why him? If you ask me, add that to the list of nearly a dozen
people Reuters corros whose deaths should be investigated for murder.

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By balkas, April 13, 2010 at 7:27 am Link to this comment

However, if the new mystory reporters are paid by private people, we wld still get a private product.

If boyarsky’s piece is accurate, one can conclude firmly that neohacks wld be just like the old ones.
One of these new ‘reporters’ ha salready said that she has no solution.

And loaded with such ‘knowledge’ she’ll go on with enlightening us.
She doesn’t know that of necessary truth there is a or the solution.

Of course, a journalist in US, is not aware or seems to be unaware, that everything is caused. So, one looks for causes of slavery, lynching, denial of medical treatment, wars; finds and removes them and wars, serfdom dissapear.

Of course, plutocrats-stratocrats wld not assist anyone in looking for causes; most likely such a scientific search wld deterred or even punished. tnx

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By bachu, April 13, 2010 at 1:52 am Link to this comment
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If they have good hair, good skin, good teeth and overall good TV personality they can always have a lucrative career as panelists on cable TV as many of the so called print journalists are doing at the moment on MSMBC and CNN.

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