Josh Stearns, in a paper for Freepress, attempts to define the acts of journalism that law should shield. He argues journalism is rooted in our ethics, how we act, and how we serve, and he believes the debate needs to involve the audience as allies in the fight to protect journalism.
Henry Farrell, a political scientist at George Washington University, argues that the new journalism venture financed by Pierre Omidyar could change the relationship between information, knowledge and politics. The serious investment, which has already lured Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras into the fold, stands to be a serious player, he concludes.
Eric Newton, a senior advisor to the Knight Foundation, argues that journalism education isn't shifting quickly enough to keep pace with technological change. Newton writes for the Nieman Journalism Lab that journalism continues to acquire new techniques through innovation while retaining such basics as hard work, reaching audiences their way, and staying current, honest and factual. He suggests many journalism students aren't receiving the education they need and they need to pull their schools into the digital age.
Ricardo Bilton, writing for VentureBeat, examines the demise of the keyword and the rise of so-called "dark search" in which higher-quality content is recognized and ranked more highly by Google. The implications for publishers are significant: no longer will keyword-stuffed content succeed, but better work might.