Anderson examines Philadelphia journalism in the digital age


It’s important to distinguish the myths from the hard truths about the transition from the newspaper era to the age of digital journalism in Philadelphia, author C.W. Anderson told an audience last week.

Anderson returned to Temple University — where he had presented his Philadelphia research in progress in 2011 — to lead a talk framed around his new book “Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age.”

CWAnderson2LAnderson, an assistant professor of media culture at the City University of New York-Staten Island and the director of research at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, describes his Philadelphia research as a balance of history, ethnography and social network analysis.

He displayed images of newspaper websites, blogs and other independent publishers representing the early years of digital journalism in Philadelphia, and focused on the forces that have stalled innovation and on redefining the boundaries of journalism. He described the city’s news ecosystem as a densely networked communication environment.

Anderson concluded with a question: How might politics also be realigned to keep up with changes in society and media?


Last year, Anderson co-authored “Post-Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present,” last year with with Clay Shirky and Emily Bell.

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