Even in the wake of all the controversy surrounding Journatic, a number of papers, including the Chicago Tribune, are sticking with the service. In the end, Journatic’s model of outsourcing local news is rooted in an industrial vision of journalism that equates newsrooms to assembly lines. The linear assembly line model doesn’t work anymore. Newsrooms need to become more like networks that provide a service to local communities. As such, we need newsrooms to invest in local communities, building deeper engagement and collaborating to strengthen the information infrastructure around them.
Our piece ended on a question. This seems like an attempt to answer that question. Great stuff.