"A History of the Future of News: What 1767 Tells Us About 2100"

Nov 212011
  • Eric Newton

How do we define journalism in an era of sweeping change? In a speech to students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Knight Foundation's Eric Newton ventured far into the past—and far into the future—to try to answer that question.

From Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" to "2001: A Space Odyssey," Newton thinks you can best imagine the future of the news media by reading science fiction rather than by studying 2011 news organizations. Today's 20-somethings will transform the media—and he urged them to "think crazy. Not out of the box crazy, but off the planet crazy."

But no matter what this futuristic world brings, quality journalism "will be more needed in the future," Newton says. Check it out—and be sure to look at the fun slides. Crazy good thinking.