A most cogent read. I detect a good book in there. We face the same thing over the pond. I spent five years on a PhD hacking away at this thing called journalism and became aware of an elasticity of meaning and practices, that if stretched beyond a point, there is a perception that it’s not journalism any more.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Drew (Direct Cinema) and many others and see in video journalism a richer form of journalism, which Ed Madison and Ben DeJarnette give me a mention in their 2018 book Reimagining Journalism in a Post-Truth World. Hence, this year we launched a new programme that posited broadly storytelling with journalism as a sub set. In that programme behavioural psychology and neuroscience take centre stage at acknowledging irrationality and how we think ( see link here).
My feeling is the LABs/ experimenters may have to show a deeper proof of concept or the Netflix’s of our times demonstrate how new thinking and fresh approaches aren’t just fanciful but at the heart of doing what journalism should be doing in our times.
Thanks for the read.
Dr David Dunkley Gyimah
Knight Batten Winner for
Innovation in Journalism
Fmr BBC, Channel 4 and ABC News ( South Africa)