How many times have you heard that the foreign correspondent is dead? But what's happening in Egypt shows that won't happen.
You must have heard by now that Al Jazeera English's web traffic increased something like 2500% in a day because they were (affectively) the only ones on the ground in Egypt.
So, nobody has foreign bureaus anymore. Have you noticed that everytime the BBC, CNN, MSNBC wish to cover a breaking crisis they parachute in journalists? Each network has one to three megastars that go and report on breaking news. The BBC tv news these days--as far as I can tell-- has one guy in the US, for like the whole fucking country! Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour for CNN, Richard Engel for MSNBC. I don't believe for a minute that these people really and truly know what' s going on, nor can they offer the most insightful commentary about what's going on in a place.
Last night I went a Future Human event where the topic was can "data journalism" save journalism? Future Human's intro man argued that what's going on in journalism now isn't new but a return to what it had been before the age of consumption, Eward Bernays, and the press release. Intro man talked about an old journo named Lipman who said that journalists have an important role to play between policy elites and the public. My friend and sometime mentor Martin Belam says that data vis isn't really anything new, journalists have been doing it since the dawn of the Manchester Guardian at least. It's the churnalism that's gotten in the way.