Work & writing by Josh Wilson

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Brief writings, comments, updates and vignettes.

“Future of Journalism” got ya down?

By reader / February 8, 2014 / 0 Comments

New Watershed Media post explores “the Future of Journalism” as a techno-industrial metaphor that perpetuates the crisis of journalism by deepening the funding drought for news production in neglected communities. Check it out: “The crisis of journalism as metaphor: Or, why not just pay more journalists?” Watershed Media Project, January 29, 2013

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Shield Law Wouldn’t Apply to Non-Journalist Journalists

By reader / August 5, 2010 / 0 Comments

The New York Times notes that an important shield-law bill for journalists is heading for a vote in Congress has been modified in the wake of the WikiLeaks/Afghanistan story: “Senators Charles E. Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, Democrats of New York and California, are drafting an amendment to make clear that the bill’s protections extend only […]

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Net Architecture and the Future of Journalism

By reader / July 2, 2010 / 0 Comments

Our best hope for journalism is that it adapts to the Internet as a medium, by adopting a decentralized organizational structure, in sync with the Internet’s basic/essential architecture as a network. In the network, power and access are distributed, everyone’s equally capable and embedded in a peer context. Thus the enterprise of journalism should focus […]

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The case for New Public Media

By reader / June 14, 2010 / 0 Comments

It is a curious thing, in an era of revolutionary change in the media landscape, that journalists and editors have gained so little. The Internet has been a boon for citizen media. It’s like Neal Postman’s pre-telegraph America, the original media convergence of spoken word and written text. The Lyceums and Chautauquas, the newspapers and […]

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Crosspost: “Infrastructure vs. Institutions” via Free Press

By reader / January 26, 2010 / 0 Comments

The good folks at Free Press gave me a li’l soapbox on their SaveTheNews.org blog. I took the opportunity to mouth off about journalism institutions vs infrastructure, a familiar topic to readers of Illuminated Media. Here’s a teaser — read the rest on SaveTheNews: Institutions or Infrastructure? The Real Opportunity for Online Journalism and Democracy […]

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New News Co-ops: Evolution Happens

By reader / October 22, 2009 / 3 Comments

Once shunned for its suspiciously reddish tinge, the word “cooperative” may have regained utility, and credibility, in the vocabulary of journalism business models. As the newly formed Chicago News Cooperative appears to demonstrate, it’s not just a way of organizing journalists when the traditional model is failing; it’s also a means for undercapitalized commercial media […]

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