Welcome to the Future of Journalism on Open Salon.
Your bloggers are Katharine Mieszkowski, whom you know as a Salon reporter, and King Kaufman, Salon's cover editor and former sports columnist. Katharine has covered this subject a bit in Salon's pages, while King has been blogging about it on his own.
Like almost everyone in journalism, we're fascinated by the subject of where the industry is going, what news is going to look like in the future, and how it's going to be reported. This blog, in fact, arose out of an internal e-mail list at Salon, which in turn was started to channel the ongoing chatter about, well, the future of journalism.
But wait a minute. When everyone who wants to publish can do so, who do we mean when we say "journalists"? What is "the industry"? In the era of the citizen journalist, aren't we all in this together?
The definitions and boundaries are changing. The methods are changing. We don't have to tell you the technology is changing. And the million-dollar question behind it all is: How does anyone make a few dollars in this new world, never mind a million?
Everybody's talking about it and so are we, and now we're blogging about it, and we hope you'll join in the conversation. We don't pretend to be able to divine the future, but we're intrigued by all the experimentation that's going on, and plan to chronicle it here.
We should say that we have no stealth agenda. Though we both work full-time for Salon, we are not here to speak for Salon, to float trial balloons for Salon as it tries to rethink itself in the changing environment or to shill for Salon as it launches new features or initiatives. We're just here to call 'em as we -- two writers who hope to be a part of the next few decades' worth of journalism's future -- see 'em.
We hit on the idea of starting this blog on Open Salon so that we wouldn't use the precious time of Salon designers and production people, who are busy, you know, figuring out Salon's vision of the Future of Journalism. But as a favor, Salon's resident genius, Mignon Khargie, whipped up the logo for us.
At our launch, the world is watching as Iranians protest the results of the presidential elections there. Watching on Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and blogs. The #IranElection Twitter hashtag was flooded by well over one tweet per second for much of the weekend.
We're sure we'll be writing about the Iran story quite a bit in this first week. We look forward to your comments and your e-mails to us at fojblog at salon.com.