“News is not like the symphony,” writes Dave Winer, “it’s like cooking dinner.” He’s “totally sure,” he says, that he knows how the future of news will play out:
In ten years news will be gathered by all of us. The editorial decisions will be made collectively, and there will be people whose taste we trust who we will turn to to tell us which stories to pay attention to … The role of gatekeeper will be distributed, as will the role of reporter. Very few people, if any, will earn a living doing this, much as most of us don’t earn a living by cooking dinner, but we do it anyway, cause you gotta eat.
Yesterday, the Associated Press reported on the many journalists who have been killed covering the Iraq war:
Western journalists covering the war in Iraq face sniper fire, roadside bombs, kidnappers and a host of other dangers. Their Iraqi colleagues must cope with even greater risks, including families attacked in retribution for sensitive reporting, and arrest on suspicion of links to the violence journalists cover.
At least 85 journalists – mostly Iraqis – have been killed since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 – more than in either Vietnam or World War II. The security situation is getting progressively worse, and 2006 has been the deadliest year yet, with at least 25 journalists killed to date.
A week ago today, the Russian reporter Anna Politkovskaya was murdered. She was “shot in the chest as she was getting out of an elevator, then shot in the head.” The same day, two German reporters were murdered inside the tent they had pitched on the side of a road in Afghanistan. Last year, 47 reporters were killed while doing their jobs. The year before that, the death toll was 53.
“It’s easier for readers to become reporters,” Winer says, “than it is for reporters to become readers.”
Thanks for the insight.