Boundary blurring in the news ecology

The line drawn between TV, radio and print news territories is becoming increasingly blurred.

Print newspaper websites and mobile news applications frequently use audio and video to report their news, and their counterparts of television, cable and radio operations are filled with text reports of their broadcast stories.

 Adding to the difficulty of defining what news audiences like and dislike in their news menu is the fact that readers may invent unforeseen uses of new communication technologies and modes of accessing and using news and information. Good examples would be the telephone and SMS.

Northwestern University professor Pablo Boczkowski writes that research in journalism studies gives a striking image of the “emergence of a multifaceted process of boundary blurring, shaping the contours of traditional media’s forays in the new information environments.”

These boundaries, Boczkowski explained, borrowing from anthropologist Clifford Geertz, are reshaped by a transition in the news ecology much like “a sea change in our notion not so much of what knowledge is but of what it is we want to know.”

The forces of change also include how people want to know it, particularly on the go.

If you want more on the new news ecology, check out Professor Lowry’s blog: http://wilsonlowrey.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/the-new-news-media-ecology/

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