Partway through his interview with Vice News Editor-in-Chief Jason Mojica Friday, City University of New York professor Jeff Jarvis asked why Vice still pumps out content over TV. “You’ve got the fucking Internet!” Jarvis exclaimed. “Why would you even dance with the old models?”
“Why do people rob banks?” Mojica replied. “That’s where the money is.”
That exchange evinced the tension at the heart of Friday’s summit about reinventing TV and video news, held at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. The conference aimed to fix a medium that in many cases is still making money by the truckload.
But you can’t drive that truck far into the future, Jarvis argued in his opening remarks, during which he urged people to get complaints about TV news tropes out of their systems. (His beef: Standups in front of places where nothing is happening.) Amy Mitchell of the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project showed graphs that showed that CNN, for example, is running fewer reported pieces and more opinion, just as people under 29 flee the medium. Read more