Wednesday, May 10, 2006

News organizations of the future: Seven views from undergraduates at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

As a final paper, students in the "Future of Journalism" seminar at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, in North Adams, Mass., were invited by Visiting Lecturer Bill Densmore to write a business plan for a 21st century news organization. Densmore instructed them to discuss its purpose, audience, governance, ownership, products, revenue models and sources. In addition, the students were asked to discuss how "news" and "journalism" would be defined and practiced and the relationship between the journalist as arbitrator/expert vs. moderator/convener.

The reply comments to this post constitute excerpts of the students' work.

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