Can Journalism Be Commercially Viable in the Digital Age?

G. Pascal Zachary, a member of CSI’s Imaginary College and a professor of practice at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, takes just 330 seconds to argue that journalism cannot survive in the digital age as a for-profit industry.

According to Zachary, if we want to preserve high-quality, serious journalism as a public good for the future, we will need to build a system of public support provided by government and civil society. After all, if we’re willing to publicly support college professors, operas and paintings, why not provide the same kind of support to journalism? Is the answer a National Journalism Foundation, inspired by the success of the National Science Foundation?

Zachary’s presentation took place at November 2013’s Ignite @ ASU, part of the global Ignite event series originally started by Brady Forrest, Technology Evangelist for O’Reilly Media, and Bre Pettis of