Clinging onto Jon Snow’s optimism

As I noted over at Journalism.co.uk today, I’ll be occasionally posting or cross-posting over at Global Voices Online in future. Other contributors have been more than welcoming so far and I’m looking forward to meeting new people – albeit online rather than in person – and encountering new material and ideas via participation. Here’s my first post, on the NightJack case.

I’ve long admired Global Voices’ work – a very interesting organisation to be involved in. GV is mainly funded by US foundations but it’s a global community of more than 200 bloggers ‘who work together to bring you translations and reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.’ One of its founders, Ethan Zuckerman, does some very intriguing and innovating things indeed. But it is GV’s managing editor Solana Larsen I have to thank for getting me involved in this.

Yesterday my colleague Laura reported on some comments made by Jon Snow at a journalism educators event. He reckons it’s a more exciting time than ever to be in journalism and I agree – and am clinging onto his comments in what’s such a tumultuous period for  media business models. New collaborations and new projects make this a very open and welcoming period to be working in the industry. Yes, things are changing, but not necessarily for the worse. We are going to earn our crust in different ways, but hopefully produce – and will have opportunities to produce – ever better journalism as a result. Shortage of funding means innovative decisions. Take the new Investigations Fund for example: these are some of the UK’s top journalists calling for ideas and help from ‘anyone’ they say… and they’ll be helping out younger and lesser known journalists when it takes off. That is new. And that is exciting.

In other news, I’ve signed up for the inaugural Brighton marathon – it’s not till April 2010 but I’m feeling a little nervous. It was a bit of an impulsive registration. Although I’ve had two particular charities and a marathon on my mind for a while, today was the first time I heard of this particular one. Yup. 26 miles. No going back now. On that note… I’m off for a run.

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