I realized it the other day: I started the year by highlighting a sobering story for any storyteller.
I linked to a brilliant piece by Andrew Marantz called “The Virologist”, which profiled a web site/content creator who aims for clicks and money without any nod to ethics or storytelling. Sites like this — think Buzzfeed, but even more calculated — drive on the highway of journalism without getting into the lane of journalistic responsibility. Marantz gave an absolutely brutal assessment of the landscape of the Web.
The piece, to be sure, started the year on a low note.
So let’s take it back to a higher one.
Let’s use this space to talk about what excites us for the new year — and the future of journalism and storytelling.
Here are five things that give me hope: (more…)