New Standards for a New Era of Journalism
Trust in traditional news sources is at an all-time low. Trust in new start-up newsrooms is even lower. Why is this? Craig Newmark (yes, that Craig Newmark) and Kelly McBride of The Poynter Institute last year gathered some of the top thought leaders in journalism to write a new set of Guiding Principles for the 21st Century.
A dozen writers,including Clay Shirky and danah boyd, participated in this effort, to be published in the Spring.
Newmark and McBride will team up to debate these findings, the revelations of the essays, and the implications for journalism and democracy. McBride describes Newmark as a typical nerd, flummoxed by the imperfections of the humans who do journalism. Newmark describes McBride as a good dresser with a suspicious number of social skills. Needless to say, they come at this task of fixing journalism from different places.
Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist, the web-based platform that has fundamentally changed classified advertising. Since its founding in 1995, craigslist has become one of the world’s 10 most-visited English language web platforms. Today there are craigslist websites virtually everywhere and serving every continent on earth (except Antarctica).
craigslist provides users with mostly free advertising opportunities, and is meant to allow people to help each other with basic needs like housing and jobs. It is based on a culture of trust, encouraging participants to play an active role in policing the information that is shared on the site.
He attended Case Western Reserve University where he earned a B.S. in Computer Science in 1975 and a M.S. in Computer Science in 1977. His thesis was entitled "Fundamental Models of Computer Systems and Their Relationship to Information Security."
Kelly McBride is a writer, journalist and consultant. She's spent the last decade at The Poynter Institute examining how journalism is morphing from a profession for a few into the calling of many.