What would artisanal news look like?
I’d never heard this term until Dave Hendricks, who blogs at Attentionization, used it when he wrote about my post regarding what newspapers could learn from the decline in the ice harvesting business. (Read more about how he explains artisanal news in the comments on that post.)
I like the term. So I started to think about what it might mean.
Artisanal, we know, means something produced in limited quantities often using a traditional method. When I hear the word, I think of cheese or bread, not news, as, I’d guess, most people do.
I’ve been mulling the idea of artisanal news quite a bit, and I believe it would mean radically altered news organizations, very different from the ones we’re used to seeing. Here’s what I think an artisanal news organization might look like, particularly ones covering small and mid-sized communities.
Read the rest of the post at Nieman Journalism Lab.