I love journalism. I used to be a beat reporter in Santa Ana, California for the Orange County Register––I loved the ability to tell stories and occasionally make a difference in people’s lives.
However, if news organizations are going to continue to support serious journalism, they need to reinvent themselves to stay competitive and profitable in the Internet era. Or as I wrote in a posting back in 2001.
“Newspapers are perfectly positioned to become the source for local readers trying to make sense of their world. They have the brand, community relationships, etc. but until they redefine their role from being a newspaper reporting primarily about the past into a community information provider that helps readers make sense of the past while providing readers tools to make decisions for the future – newspapers will continue to decline in importance and their online and offline units will continue to struggle.”
Ultimately, I’d love to help lead a news organization’s transformation from being primarily a storytelling organization into a software/solutions organization combines storytelling with interactive capabilities that connect people with each other, their governments, local businesses and community organizations.