GivingGoodAdvice Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:33:30 GMT Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:33:30 GMT en-us Fargo v1.61 Advice situations: 1989-2014 <p>Speech to Associated Press Managing Editors Des Moines Iowa, 1989.</p> <p>“If people don’t participate in public life they don’t really need journalism.” </p> <p>See: What Are Journalists For? Chapter One</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Adviser to Knight-Ridder Inc. and some of its newspaper editors, 1990-92.</p> <p>“Re-connect around conversations that need to happen in this community but aren’t happening.”</p> <p>See: What Are Journalists For? Chapter One</p> <p>Collaboration with Davis Merritt, Jr. editor of the Wichita Eagle, 1991 to 1999</p> <p>“Only if we make vivid a different role for the press in public life will people see the point of civic journalism.”</p> <p>See: The Gospel of Public Journalism, American Journalism Review</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Consultant to the Virginian Pilot newsroom culture change effort, 1992 to 1996</p> <p>“No one goes into journalism to act on their strong feelings about always remaining neutral.”</p> <p>See: What are Journalists For? Chapter Four.</p> <p>Adviser to the American Society of Newspaper Editors “change committee,” 1995-96.</p> <p>“The metro daily is close to losing its ‘essential’ status in the community.”</p> <p>Participant in Salon’s Table Talk, a comment thread community, advising Salon editors, 1996-97.</p> <p>“Hey, the people in your comment section are really smart. Try hooking them up with your reporters.”</p> <p>Collaboration with Evan Hansen and Assignment Zero, 2006-07.</p> <p>“You guys should try crowdsourcing a trend story; with your readership, we might learn a lot.”</p> <p>See: “What I learned from Assignment Zero”</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Collaboration with Arianna Huffington and Amanda Michel: OfftheBus, 2008</p> <p>“In one part of your election coverage, let anyone who wants to sign up participate.”</p> <p>See: “Get off the Bus” in CJR</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Collaboration with Jim Schachter, Mary Ann Giordano, metro desk of the New York Times: The Local East Village. 2009-11</p> <p>“Let’s create a lab site midway between NYU and the Times to investigate whether community-assisted reporting is viable.”</p> <p>See: Explaining The Local, East Village</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Consulting and site visit with KETC, public radio in St. Louis, 2010.</p> <p>“If you’re trying to change the conversation around immigration start with how the news implicitly frames it now."</p> <p>Consultant to Huffington Post Investigative Fund, 2009</p> <p>“Please: just hire one reporter dedicated to developing the art of the crowdsourced investigation.”</p> <p>See: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Collaboration with Michelle McLennan, Patterson Foundation on Block by Block, 2010-12</p> <p>“You guys are doing the same thing in different communities, you need to help each other, learn from each other.”</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Collaboration with ProPublica and Studio 20: building a better explainer, 2011. </p> <p>“Let’s experiment with different ways to provide background to complex stories.”</p> <p>See: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Member, Digital advisory board, Digital First Media in the US, 2011 to present</p> <p>Consultant, Post Media Network of Canada, 2012 to present</p> <p>Board of Directors, The Gazette Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2012 to present</p> <p>Adviser, First Look Media, 2013 to present</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:59:34 GMT Giving Good Advice: live at ISOJ in Austin, TXReflections of an academic on 25 years of advising journalists and media companies. #ISOJ | Stream | | 9AM 04/05/2014Keynote presentation by Jay Rosen, NYU Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:33:28 GMT 4. “How come they’re not asking for my advice?” First reading of a new work by @jayrosen_nyu. <p>In making these notes I discovered that 'giving advice' is a surprisingly emotional — and extremely personal — subject for me.</p> <p>As my students know, I am on leave this semester. One thing I am working on is a performance piece. It's PressThink with a live audience.</p> <p>You're a live audience, #ISOJ. This is the first reading of a small part 0f the script. As you will hear, it is all about giving advice.</p> <p>To read the script and more about the PressThink Live project, go here: <a href=""></a></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:57:03 GMT 3. From 25 years of trying to give the press good advice, I draw these lessons. 9 <p>J-schools allowed the teaching of practice and the making of academic knowledge by PhDs to evolve away from one another. Bad decision.</p> <p>Advising press companies and working with journalists on innovation projects helps me overcome that unfortunate split.</p> <p>Problems of practice in the newsrooms of the world and problems that get journalism scholars and PhDs all excited should be the same set.</p> <p>Philosophically, I am a pragmatist. Pragmatists believe our knowledge advances when we try to improve things. Invariably we run into problems.</p> <p>When news organizations try to improve things, they invariably run into problems. As their adviser, I go to school on that— and figure out how to help.</p> <p>My most useful advice often involves re-describing their predicament using different terms— what I would call better pressthink.</p> <p>'Unrequested advice' sounds like a joke category. It's not. Without my independent platform,, no one would want my advice.</p> <p>The maximum that "advice" should take up is one day a week or twenty percent time. Ten percent is safer. The danger: making their problems yours.</p> <p>It's hard to talk publicly about the journalism when you are a paid adviser to it. And the "can't talk about it" zone has subtle ways of spreading.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:56:24 GMT 2. Putting names to the problems I have been asked to advise upon. 9 <p>"Our connection to the community is fraying. But my newsroom says: we're not community organizers, we're journalists!" 1990-98.</p> <p>"I go out and give my best journalism speech to the key civic groups in this town and they don't believe a word of it any more." 1993-95</p> <p>"We would love to have more participation by 'regular people' in our journalism. How do we do that and maintain credibility?" 1992 to the present</p> <p>"We want to change our role in the community. But it's not what we have traditionally done. How do we break out?" 1990 to present.</p> <p>"Practically speaking, what can the people formerly known as the audience contribute to a quality news product?" 2008 to the present</p> <p>"We're having trouble adapting to what digital is doing. We have ideas for changing that. Do you have any better ones?" 2008 to present</p> <p>"You're watching newsrooms and companies try to adapt. To what — to whom — should we be paying more attention?" 2010 to present</p> <p>"We're running out of time. We have to become a digital first news engine with a print product. Can you help us explain it?" 2010 to 2013</p> <p>"We're starting over: a new company. We think there's a different way to do news. But is it different enough?" 2010 to present</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:54:26 GMT 1. Organizing the data: over the years I have given different kinds of advice. 6 <p>Unrequested. A big portion of what I do is like an "advisory" to the press that no one in the press specifically requested. </p> <p><a href="">PressThink</a>, my blog, is an unrequested advice column where I can say to journalists: "Wait: let's think this through..."</p> <p><a href="">@jayrosen_nyu</a>, my Twitter feed, is daily advice on what to sit and puzzle with if you're tracking developments in online journalism</p> <p>Collegial. Sometimes I work with journalists as we try to give shape to something a little different. Here, advice flows both ways. </p> <p>The civic journalism movement in the U.S., 1989 to 1999, was collegial advice. Mutual investment by journalists, academics, foundations. </p> <p>What Are Journalists For? (Yale University Press, 1999)</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>The Local East Village, a collaboration with the New York Times and NYU journalism. </p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>My graduate program at NYU is Studio 20. We teach by doing projects with media partners. Students give their advice after close study. </p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Requested, not specifically paid. Part of the job of a journalism professor is to provide advice when I am asked. </p> <p>Helping as a source for a reporter with an assignment. </p> <p>Someone asks you on Twitter, “what would be your advice?”</p> <p>Advising NYU students on careers and building their intellectual capital</p> <p>Start-ups reach out all the time with requests for advice.</p> <p>Semi-compensated. Expenses (and sometimes an honorarium) are paid.</p> <p>A foundation, university, or company wants the advice to happen.</p> <p>Paid and requested. Expenses and market compensation are paid; there is a contract with a company to provide advice.</p> <p>Consultant to Post Media Network in Canada.</p> <p>Member of the digital advisory board, Digital First Media</p> <p>Board of directors, Gazette Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa</p> <p>Adviser to Pierre Omidyar's start-up, First Look Media</p> <p>For more see the tab "advice situations: 1989-2014"</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:48:21 GMT