Four different scenarios of the future of journalism: From DIY to total extinction!


I have always been interested in the development of journalism from the Dutch perspective because, having been correspondents for two Dutch news agencies (VJ Movement and VPRO TV’s Metropolis), I like the way they approach stories and content.

Now, a recent study done by the Dutch Journalism Fund called ‘What’s new(s): Scenarios for the future of journalism‘ has come up with four different categories of how the journalism scene could develop into (as described in the image box below).

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My personal hope is that the ‘Wisdom of the crowd’ situation would be what happens to journalism in the future. It says that through ‘the technological revolution, a strong do-it-yourself mentality has become the key to success’. And ‘whatever is news, is no longer paid by the ANP or media companies, but by the public/crowd’.

How does this relate to Malaysia? Well, in my opinion, I think that the do-it-yourself mentality has already set in in Malaysia. It began when online news websites started sprouting (including bloggers… but they have started to disappear) all around, left, right and centre.

So it’s probably just a matter of time.

You can read this in more detail at NiemanLab.Org.

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