The ongoing digitalization of the media industry, with the growth of online news, new publication platforms and tools of communication, have not only led to downsizing of journalists, but it has had severe consequences for the role of the copy desk as an assurance of quality in Norwegian newsrooms. To better understand how these changes will affect the news industry long term, we need to look at the history of the copy desk.
Throughout history several breaking points connected to technological innovation and new demands of competency, led to similar alterations in the news business. What role has the copy desk played in these central periods of change, and what has been the function of the copy desk when it comes to the newsrooms’ general ability to change and innovate, and secure freedom of speech in general? Will this historical knowledge of the role of the copy desk enable media organizations to better deal with future demands for change and innovation?
The Copy Desk
Discuss the following statements:
o Knowledge about the past is useful and important in today’s newsrooms
o Knowledge about the past is necessary to deal with contemporary and future challenges
o The role of the copy desk is still essential
o The future is desk-less
o The copy desk: an assurance of quality in Norwegian newsrooms or an agent of commercialism?
How can newsrooms become aware of how historical knowledge can be a source of inspiration?