What should news look like?

Screen shot 2015-07-02 at 10.13.11The impact that blogging and social media has made on traditional journalism is astonishing. Once the privilege of the very few – a profession hard to infiltrate – tweeters and bloggers have decimated what it means to be a journalist.

News publishers once the referred gatekeepers of news – are struggling to remain center position in story telling. As news corporations battle against this, what is emerging is an interesting blend between traditional news gathering and curated news from social media.

Channel 4’s latest launch is a classic example. It recently turned to Tumblr for its new offering aimed at 16 to 24 year olds. The site titled 4 News Wall uses animated GIFs with short text summaries of daily news stories.

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Snapchat has recently added to this mix with the launch of its Discover platform – an editorially curated site with content from the likes of Vice, CNN, and the Mail Online.

In March the New York Times revealed that Facebook was also in talks with newspapers over hosting their content internally on Facebook rather than users being re-directed externally. Other social media sites already offer news curation tools for the masses; changing the shape of news at a greater pace.

“No longer will the supply of news be dictated only by the sometimes wrong-headed assumptions of editors” Alain De Botton implies in his philosophical analysis – The News: A User’s Manual. He also asks, what, in this new utopia of digital should the news ideally be? What are the deep needs to which it should cater?

The tweeted Times

This allows you to read your twitter profile as a personal newspaper

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News 360

An app, which lets the user create a personalized feed of breaking news from around the world

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NewsBlur

Curate news and then discuss it amongst friends. The site is essentially an underdeveloped Facebook for news.

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