Hyper journalism 2.0

There's a lot of buzz among the innovators about hyper-local journalism as the next wave. (see this post by Jeff Jarvis) That works at several levels as I see the possibility. First it conceptualizes "what is newsworthy" as something immediate to the readers, not abstract, distant or sophisticated. It speaks to their own context where they can take action, make a difference and connect with others to get things done. Hyper local also mashes up the context of news gathering with news readers and creates a long tail of reporters. News content can be crowdsourced when the news getting covered is local. This approach also becomes transparent about the process and persons involved -- more easily than the "big city dailies" that feel more pressure to appear professional, respectable and detached. As I explored previously, hyper-local can facilitate processes with purposes.

While I've reflected on all these benefits of hyper-local journalism, it occurred to me there are several similar ways that Journalism 2.0 may go hyper:
  • hyper-transparent - If journalism becomes hyper-transparent, the readers will be revealing too. They will share how they take what is written and what they do with it. Their "after the consumption of the news" processes will be put on display. There will be social networking platforms for the readers to reveal their biases, frames of reference and contexts for making use of what they absorb.
  • hyper-useful - If journalism becomes hyper-useful, the providers will be immersed in feedback about their contributions. They may even dashboards to monitor the ratings, reactions and references to what they have offered. Together the providers and users of news will become smarter about what works and delivers desirable differences. They will also discover pitfalls to avoid, temptations to dismiss and extremes to balance wisely. They will depend on the feedback to become more self-reliant, less desperate to please others and thus more responsive to indicators of providing authentic value.
  • hyper-reciprocal - If journalism becomes hyper-reciprocal, the processes of gathering, writing and using the news will no longer appear linear. There will be no one to blame while everyone takes their share of the responsibility. It will appear that what happens are effects of many factors, fallout from previous results and repercussions of persistent cycles. The complexity will defy explanation or causal analysis. Yet it will deliver emergent outcomes, synergistic benefits and paradoxical realizations in spite of the contributors less inclusive outlooks.
All this adds up to much more valuable journalism. It will make bigger differences in their contexts to others and get appreciated more in return. The ecologies will contribute to the prosperity of all concerned, not just the predatory production and advertisers mechanisms in current practices. The incumbents will have a lot to learn from this transformation.

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