Monday, February 09, 2009

The Financial Times and Owning it.

I bolted out from bed on Sunday and for half an hour obsessively scribbled away. An hour later like a hard drive I'd dumped thought and could not recollect the arguments.

Luckily my notes will help regenerate a thread that was about Journalism looking for a way out.

Simply, if the acquisition of facts helps us shape what we know and if there exist a way to acquire a route to more knowledge to assist our decision making, then we must see the this new church of info generation and flows as a fundamentally good thing.

Journalism thus is not in crisis. It is in hypersleep, gradually being shaken out of its years of complacency. You could argue the revolution is all but over - bit late in the day to be talking about shake-ups, where have you been David?

But an email from a senior Apple exec and an exchange with that venerable net technologist Bill Thompson suggests we're still in a vortex, those winds will come back.

FT Time
I spent time with the Financial Times last year as they added new gears to their news cycle. What played in my mind then and resurfaced as a theme of conversation today was "own it".

The FT's muscularity in all things financial means turning on a web 2.o tap gives them greater options. When we set off to package the Bank of England's rate cut it was clear.

For now many of us turn to TV news for the visual pre and post analysis.

For now it's a broadcaster who's winning eye balls, but just as The Guardian Newspaper snatched an RTS from the jaws of broadcasters last year, it won't be long, I hedge before the FT will compete in video reportage with the broadcasters for electronic narratology.

On a more prosaic scale in universities and educational ecology's, a new generation has the wherewithal "to own it". Forge a voice, cut through the traditionalism to the contemporary, cut through the processing game and "own it".

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