Over three days, the innovators and thought leaders at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference talked about data and drones, opengov and algorithms, and even ventured into the possibilities robots might have for the future of news.
In the closing session, Michael Maness, Knight's Vice President of Journalism/Media Innovation, wrapped up how these conversations explored the intersection of where data meets a compellig narrative.
“These are not my moments of profundity," Maness said. "They’re based on all of you, and on conversations we’ve had over the past several days.”
In the video above, Maness pulls out the following 10 takeaways from the conference:
1. Is the fury of collecting, are we dismissing the story? In the rush to gather, share and analyze data, are we leaving the story by the wayside? Are we at risk of losing the narrative as we focus on archiving and documenting everything?
2. Fingerprints are all over data. Data isn't neutral. It's created by humans with a specific purpose in mind, and subject to our biases.
3. Wrestling authenticity and the rise of trust networks. With the increasing streams of information, who has authenticity, objectivity and credibility in journalism and storytelling? How do you go about building that trust? At the same time that people are wrestling with determining where authenticity lies, it's human nature to create trust in your own networks - online and off. We're beginning to see this rise of trust in networks when it comes to issues around reporting and news.