Winter 2006

Introduction

By Melissa Ludtke, editor
Journalism is on a fast-paced, transformative journey, its destination still unknown. That the Web and other media technologies are affecting mightily the practice of journalism is beyond dispute. Less clear is any shared vision of what the future holds. Newsrooms are being hollowed out, and editors who resist such cutbacks are losing their jobs. Digital video cameras and tape recorders replace reporters' notebooks as newspapers—and other news organizations—train staff in multimedia storytelling.

In this issue, words about journalists' experiences in the digital era transport our vision forward, while our eye takes us on a visual voyage back to a time when newspapers wove communities together.

For the use of photographic images in our "Newspaper Gallery," we thank Karen Wyatt, the Director of Collections and Visual Resources at the Newseum, and her colleague Carrie Christoffersen, Curator of Collections, for their guidance and assistance. For enabling us to include artists' renderings, we are grateful to Shaun O'L. Higgins, coauthor of "The Newspaper in Art" and "Press Gallery: The Newspaper in Modern and Postmodern Art," and to Julie Read, marketing assistant at New Media Ventures, Inc., the publisher of these art books. Permission to publish these pictures was granted by David L. Kencik, Collections Data Manager at the San Diego Museum of Art, and Paul Richelson, Chief Curator at the Mobile (Alabama) Museum. To them, we say thank you.

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