Jeff Jarvis has started a discussion on the new definitions and direction of journalism. In a well organized post, (“The building block of journalism are no longer the article“) talks of the ‘countless grains of information’ being more important than the story or the page.
“Instead, I want a page, a site, a thing that is created, curated, edited, and discussed. It’s a blog that treats a topic as an ongoing and cumulative process of learning, digging, correcting, asking, answering. It’s also a wiki that keeps a snapshot of the latest knowledge and background. It’s an aggregator that provides annotated links to experts, coverage, opinion, perspective, source material. It’s a discussion that doesn’t just blather but that tries to accomplish something (an extension of an article like this one that asks what options there are to bailout a bailout). It’s collaborative and distributed and open but organized”
That’s right, the ‘story’ is being usurped by the elements of a blog, a wiki and linkaggregation.
He spells it out more clearly.