Among the various media types I encounter in a given month are the archtypes. Those stoic warriors, the old guard. They look at new media with as much interest as a 20-year-old reading a daily paper.
Our conversations tend to be cyclical with me unable to convince them that in spite of their preference for ink-shifting news print and time-slot storytelling, the technology will evolve beyond the current set of tools.
While everyone is just now starting to see potential on the web, mobile has crept up and will quickly surpass that old technology. If typewriters can take their place in the museum along side Gutenberg’s printing press, how long before other media tools become obsolete while we wait for the return of the good old days?
Journalism must never be defined completely by the platform on which it is delivered. It must be defined by its core purpose in community and its ability to be delivered swiftly, accurately and on the most suitable current platform.