How to Save Journalism – Interviews with Drew Curtis & Tucker Max
Fark.com is the go to web site for silly news stories. So naturally its creator, Drew Curtis, was the obvious choice to host a panel on “How to Save Journalism” at SXSWi 2010.
Curtis is a funny guy. Actually, he’s really funny. But the panel wasn’t all fun and games. It covered some serious topics – like distribution platforms. One panelist said there’s a lot of good journalism out there, but if you don’t have the platform to deliver it, it’s useless. Will the iPad save journalism? It will definitely create a new revenue stream for news organizations – but no one knows how powerful the impact will really be.
Jeff Webber, the editor of USAToday.com, said it pains him that journalists beat themselves up as much as they do. Another panelist, Kelly McBride from Poynter, said professional journalism may be dying, but journalism is not. She took comfort in the fact that we are reading more news content than ever before.
But enough about journalism and its pending (or not) death… Drew Curtis has long been a favorite of mine so it was great to hear how sharp he is on this topic. Then, throw in the fact that I got to meet the great Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. He’s a friend of Curtis’ and was hanging out in the crowd. I talked to both after the panel, which was one of the biggest thrills in my life. A quick note – Curtis and Max both cuss in these interviews, so if you’re offended by curse words please do not watch. And I want to find the person who closed the curtains in the middle of the interview with Max…
(If you’ve never read Tucker’s story about the Austin Embassy Suites, you can find it here. But do not read it if you’re easily offended. I repeat – do not read it if you’re easily offended.)
And here is the interview with Curtis. It was a big honor to interview both of these guys.