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What really happened to the news? Riptide tries to answer that with a look at the intersection of media and technology as it happened over the last three decades. The project by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and the Nieman Journalism Lab brings video interviews with more than 60 key figures who had a role in the way technology impacted media journalism over the years. Names like Krishna Bharat (creator of Google News), Arianna Huffington, Tim Berners-Lee, and Arthur Sulzberger Jr. (publisher of The New York Time) are just a few of the sixty names on Riptide’s roll call.
The video interviews are in-depth and the theme revolves around the changes witnessed by the age-old profession of journalism and how it has been impacted, influenced, and (currently) buffeted by the coming of the digital revolution. The eminent personalities profiled and interviewed on Riptide have been on the cusp of these fields. They have been the innovators who have changed the course of news with their contributions.
The interviews are supported by essays, downloadable documents, and a timeline which gives you a sense of the changes. The videos themselves are a fascinating watch, and according to the site, it could claim 50 hours of your time. Why is Riptide worth the news space? It is about the transformation of news, but more significantly it is also about our own understanding of information and what it spells for our society. The creators of Riptide — former Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey, former New York Times Digital CEO Martin Nisenholtz, and former Akamai CEO Paul Sagan say that more content will be added gradually. It’s all seeking to answer what really happened to the news business.
Maybe, you can answer some of it for us after catching what’s on Riptide.