THE PROMPT: Right now, nominations are open for the Online Journalism Awards. What qualities should awards like this endorse in an era of such tremendous change in the news industry?
I remember reading an article introducing an innovators/entrepreneurs meetup among young people. There isn’t much innovation going on out there, one of the attendees said snidely. Lots of projects claim to be innovative, but they’re not.
“Innovation,” the buzzword that never went out of style. Knight Foundation challenges, Y-Combinator knock-offs, J-School-community partnerships… Everyone’s scrambling for it. Innovation is important in expanding our horizons, but as I’ve heard people toss the term around, I’ve realized that we’re often equivocating “innovation” with “play,” not necessarily better ways for the audience to absorb information.