Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, recently appeared on the Charlie Rose show, now available online.
Asked about free versus paid content and newspapers, Rusbridger talked about a future of collaboration rather than competition.
The collaborative possibilities of the web are the interesting ones, he said, citing how the Guardian invited external environmental websites to sit on its site.
Rusbridger, who has spoken out against pay walls in the past, talked about his vision of a “mutualised newspaper”.
“We have to get over this journalistic arrogance that journalists are the only people who are the figures of authority in the world,” he said. Using the example of theatre coverage, he said you didn’t need to get rid of the critics, but you could invite other members of the audience in.
“If you can open your site up, and allow other voices in, you get something that’s more engaged, more involved – and actually, I think, journalistically better.”
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