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Spiegel Online: Will media be a hobby rather than job, asks Chris Anderson

“SPIEGEL: Mr. Anderson, let’s talk about the future of journalism.

Anderson: This is going to be a very annoying interview. I don’t use the word journalism.”

A great opening gambit from Chris Anderson, editor in chief of US Wired and author of ‘Free’, in an interview with Spiegel Online’s Frank Hornig.

Turns out he doesn’t use the word media or news either – “I don’t think that those words mean anything anymore. They defined publishing in the 20th century.”

Anderson goes on to discuss how he gets his information and the move by the public towards ‘social filters’ rather than professional filters for news:

“We’re tuning out television news, we’re tuning out newspapers. And we still hear about the important stuff, it’s just that it’s not like this drumbeat of bad news,” he says.

Which leads him to the role of journalists:

“In the past, the media was a full-time job. But maybe the media is going to be a part time job. Maybe media won’t be a job at all, but will instead be a hobby. There is no law that says that industries have to remain at any given size (…) The question is not should journalists have jobs. The question is can people get the information they want, the way they want it? The marketplace will sort this out. “

Full interview at this link…

(Not) speaking Dutch: new English language website launches with a Netherlands theme

NRC Handelsblad launched an English language website this week… for people with an interest in the Netherlands and its news.

As a press release published at MarketWatch said, the new website will target foreigners who cannot read Dutch, but are interested in Dutch ‘quality journalism’.

News, features and opinion will be published daily, reflecting domestic issues, and looking at international news that impacts the Netherlands.

There will be a discussion forum, concentrating on current affairs, to which well-known Dutch nationals will contribute.

Nrc.nl/international is a collaboration with German site Spiegel Online, which has existing partnerships with the International Herald Tribune, BusinessWeek and the New York Times.

The site is also linked to DutchNews.nl, the work of two British journalists. The editors of DutchNews.nl will translate and edit articles for Nrc.nl/international.

Die Zeit newspaper opens free archive of 250,000 articles

German newspaper Die Zeit has opened a free online archive of over 250,000 stories dating back to 1946.

Since being launched June, 2007, the newspaper’s online archive had only stretched back to 1995.

German online media watchers Onlinejournalismus.de wrote that the moves to extend of the range of the archive and make it free for users to access might be in reaction to earlier reports that Spiegel will open its own free archive later in the spring.