From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-00036

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Bill Densmore
Reynolds Journalism Institute
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Uploaded are remarks made by Bill Densmore on Dec. 2, 2009 at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Workshop: "From Town Crier to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?" Densmore was part of a panel entitled: "The New News." This testimony may also be viewed at Bill Densmore, 2008-2009 Fellow Reynolds Journalism Institute 201 RJI Hall University of Missouri Columbia MO 65211 573-882-9812 / VOICE MAIL/CELL: 617-448-6600 EXTRACT: "The Internet needs a user-focused system for sharing identity, exchanging and settling value (including payments), for digital information. The system should allow multiple "Information Valets" to compete for and serve customers with varied topical interests and appetites for demographic sharing. It needs a New(s) Social Network . . . . (t)o make a new market for digital information -- and attention -- we need to start creating a unique ownership and governance framework, assembling the required technology, and assessing the impact on law, regulation, advertising and privacy. . . . {t}he mission of the Journalism Trust Association would be to help sustain, update and enrich the values and purposes of journalism through collaboration among news media, the public and public-focused institutions. JTA might be capitalized by major technology, publishing, advertising, consumer and philanthropic organizations. It which would guide the creation of new standards and a platform for exchange of user authentication and transaction records which enables a competitive market for information, respecting and enabling consumer privacy and choice."