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Media hand-wringing three-fer

Posted at 3:17 PM on June 4, 2007 by Bill Wareham

Regular News Grid readers know I'm obsessed by questions about the future of journalism. Hey, I can't start collecting Social Security for another 20 years, so, yeah, I take the issue personally.

My quest for answers, not to mention job security, turned up three interesting items today:

*Jon Gordon's Future Tense interview with former Silicon Valley entrepreneur Andrew Keen, who says user-generated content like blogs, Internet video, wikis, and podcasts is eroding the pillars of society by replacing professional media.

*This American Journalism Review Article on hyperlocal news. AJR says: Media companies have high hopes that hyperlocal news online will bolster their newspapers’ futures. But early returns suggest the financial outlook for such ventures is not bright.

*Steven Barrie-Anthony at The Huffington Post writing about how It's a Confusing Moment To Be a Young Journalist. (Note to Steven: You don't have to be a young journalist to be confused.)