Columbia Holds the Future of Journalism
"If the audience of the future is going to still care about what journalists do, we're going to have to find new ways to reach them."
So journalists are looking beyond the traditional newscast.
"There are television networks and stations, there are newspapers and radio stations, there are independent producers of news who are already putting it out in the form of a pod cast or vodcast, video and audio on demand."
"In August, 2004, pod casting started out as an idea of a few folks, and by September there were roughly 100 pod casts or so."
Meng said now, a little more than one year later, there are 50,000 pod casts. What is a pod cast? It's like a radio program that you can download and listen to whenever you want and online video is the latest trend.
"There's a new technology that's going to be available here in Columbia and most of the nation in January called EV-DO, its a form of high-speed wireless, and it will allow people to receive video broadcasts, live video feeds, directly to their phone, to their hand-held, to their PDA, or whatever."
New technology is making it easier for anybody to produce news stories.
"I think that the other major trend is that we're going to see more and more citizens becoming journalists."
However, McKean said even if everyone has a blog, pod cast and vodcast, people will still want their news from a well trained new generation of journalists.