By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF chair & freelance aviation journalist/blogger
It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to post on the Carnival of Journalism, and I’ve missed it. For the uninitiated, once a month a group of us journalism geek types get together and write about the same topic, directed by a different host each time.
This month’s question is one I’m asked regularly — what is the next big thing that will upend journalism?
And I’m going to tell the truth — I haven’t the foggiest idea. My collision with emerging technology and digital trends began in March 2006, when my then-employer told us we were embracing a digital future. I jumped in feet first, trying out new things like my daughter changes her shoes.
So that gave me an idea on how to tackle this topic. I decided to jump back to 2006 — the beginning of my transformation from an old-school print journalist (I began my career using a typewriter) to a multimedia amazon — to see what tools and technologies were being touted to journalists.
- Flock, touted as the “ultimate blogging tool for journalists” – this was a web browser that was touted as being designed specifically for social media and Web 2.0 applications.
- Writely, a web-based word processor that eventually morphed into Google Docs.
- PodZinger, which used speech recognition technology that could turn podcast audio into searchable text, according to TechCrunch.
- Co.mments, an online tool designed to allow users to track online comments.
- Furl, a free service that allowed users to store copies of web pages then search them and share results later.
I could go on, but you get my point. How many of you actually used some of these tools? How many of you even remember these tools? Most of them are either gone or have morphed into other tools or merged with other companies. Which brings me back to my original point — I have no idea what the next technology or trend is around the corner for journalists, but I can’t wait to see what it is!