Øyvind Solstad at NRKbeta pretty much sums it all up. Old news media and large news organisations are dead in the water. Why? They can not compete with the speed, the scale or the richness of content from the news production of social media.
And the powerful content created by the “miscellaneous force” of people tagging their own and other peoples stuff – thus accidentally creating new content and new links between content that a single reporter or a single news desk never could. Crowd reporting is powerful journalism with the right tools.
It’s the combination of having lots of people – on site – with laptops, cameras and video and audio recording equipment and channels like Twitter, Youtube, Google Maps, Flickr, Wikipedia awailable for them. No matter how many reporters you have on the paper payroll, they just can’t compete.
The future of journalism is social. And most definitely local. And it’s crowd driven and miscellaneous. And it’s really, really cool.