In questioning the future of news CSM looked at the role of the editor considering What is the role of an editor in the future by considering how people continually seek aggregated, personalised, socially recommended content, what is the role of the editor?
Who or what is the editor (is it a person or an algorithm?) what is their purpose (editorial voice, authority?), who/what do they represent,what is their relationship to their readers, what is their relationship to the production of news. Extending this the 8 graduate designers looked at the contexts, where we read and take in the news in printed and digital formats.
The first stage in the process included a briefing at News UK. This provided more detail into the News 3.0 agenda and trends in how we consume news. The day also provided the graduates insight into the everyday workings of News UK and the energy, care and craft that goes into the production of news papers everyday.
Having had this experience the graduates set about designing. Initial sessions led to the production of over 30 socio-technical and cultural concepts ranging from innovations in technology and digital platforms that might replace the format of the daily paper to projects that scan more distant horizons.
In making sense of these initial concepts, and challenging their thinking and assumtions the designers employed a range of creative and ethnographic design methods. This involved user observation in public space and elements of performance and technological research that probed the probability of the propositions.
Twenty-four concepts were presented at the interim stage of the project. Twelve were selected to take forward and detail.
The twelve concepts are all grounded in observations of the rituals and practices that situate our intake of news. In this respect we argue that considering the future of news isn’t necessarily limited to in technological developments in the design of new platforms or media but in the introduction of technologies, new media and formats into subtle quotidian moments. Observation and analysis of these moments in our everyday, represented by Edible News, Receipt News and Responsive Billboards present opportunities for the press to intervene and provide content.
We argue that as the printed press inevitably transforms into digital formats, the social practices that surround our interaction with the papers should in some way be preserved and considered in the design of new platforms, services and functionality; in new interfaces and applications – represented by Article Push, Brand Gesture and Boris eReaders.
We observe that with the advent of the digital paper there will be a desire for some measure of customised content and we notice the emergence of formats that support this might manifest in products such as Format Selector. However customisation isn’t and shouldn’t be limited to the digital realm and presents opportunities in the physical press as cities become more international – represented by Glocal Supplements.
In all concepts we recognise the editorial authority in the papers – Premium Edition functions to communicate the intellect, authority and craft that goes into the production of News at News UK. News Space and News Bard give presence and voice to the papers in the city, where the medium extends beyond paper and the screen and news becomes more social and dynamic through actual conversation and feedback through people.