This blog is about mindset. The chief barrier to the news business finding its way forward is mindset. It has to let go of canons that made sense in the old world but not in the new. It has to let go of the idea that only newspapers can deliver news. It has to cease dismissing emerging forms of news as inadequate and instead see them simply as the seeds of things to come. To paraphrase Wayne Gretzky: “Don't focus on where the puck is right now. Look at where it's going."
About me: I've had careers in traditional journalism and in Silicon Valley. I know what journalism is about. But I also know how innovation works. And as a result, I don't for a moment believe that journalism is endangered—though I do believe newspapers will die. Friends who've never left the world of mainstream media continually ask me why I think news has a future. This blog explains why. But it also talks about what's wrong with the way many journalists are thinking about the future and the new mindsets they need to adopt in order to find the way forward.
As for me? I've left tech and returned to journalism as a freelance writer. My byline is E.B. Boyd. But you can call me Liza.