I'm hoping many of us will read Eric Alterman's skillful piece in the current New Yorker (link below), which comprehensively covers developments over the last couple of years pointing to the breakdown of the support systems for the newspaper industry, and hence our primary source of traditional journalism. Without being critical of Alterman -- he, like all of us, fails to do what is the very hard thing -- focus on solutions. That's our charge at NewsTools2008 -- not just suggest them, but scope out and even start the construction of them. And here's the article link itself. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/03/31/080331fa_fact_alterman
A way to start is to weigh in on our wiki page of disruptive/transformational technologies affecting journalism. Have we picked the right 10? Who should speak about them? Are they mixed together correctly? Comment on the bottom of that wiki page, or below this post. Another way to help is to look at the growing list of proposed breakout topics for NewsTools2008, put your name as a collaborator on one or more, or propose your own.