22
May
2007
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04:51 PM
America/Los_Angeles

Live Innovation Journalism Conference Notes: Private equity is biggest threat to journalism in Silicon Valley...

I am spending Tuesday afternoon at the Innovation Journalism conference at Stanford University. I spoke on a panel and am listening to many more panels, filled with a lot of my media colleagues.

Here are some quick, notes and quotes (please come back and refresh the page for more...):

Al Saracevic, deputy business editor, SF Chronicle:

  • Private equity is the biggest threat to journalism, it will create a dark ages. With public companies we at least have a fighting chance to get at information, that's not true with private equity and private companies.

Other panelists and comments:

John Furrier-Founder of PodTech.net (an SVW content partner):

  • We will have new hybrid forms of media emerging with business models that are clearly stated. At Podtech we have sponsorships as a business model, the long term trend is towards pay per performance.

Mats Johansson, managing editor of TT, Swedish newspaper:

  • I'd like to see the traditional newsroom become less conservative and more open to using the new tools and techniques.

Michael Kanellos, Editor-at-large CNET News.com:

  • If readers have something negative to say, they generally do it in the comments section. If they have some positive feedback they tend to send it in emails to the reporter.

Charles Wessner, program director, NAS Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy:

  • Media has an extremely important role as an observer and an agenda setter for technology and innovation.

Greg Pascal Zachary - Journalist and visiting lecturer, Stanford University:

  • Beware of technology utopianism and also be aware that technology is often used to maintain the position of those already powerful and rich. The developing world doesn;t need a $100 laptop it needs the same type of notebook you and I use.

 Siri Schubert, freelance journalist for German publications:

  • When I cover technology and talk with people, I don't have any way of knowing how good the technology is, I have to focus on who has an agenda and evaluate stories in that way. I tend to focus on the business side of stories.

Daniel Kreiss, Researcher, Stanford University:

  • Journalists should know something about the technology that they cover, it would improve their journalism.

Rachel Konrad, Silicon Valley correspondent , The Associated Press:

  • We get over a billion impressions per day on our stories and so it is very difficult to respond to readers. On one of my stories I received 800 emails, with some great content.

Tina Bjers: Injo Fellow 2007 from TT:

David Nordfors, program leader and one of the key organizers of the conference:

Miriam Olsson, Injo Fellow 2007  from Goteborgsposten, Swedish newspaper: