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Katie Couric on Fact-First Journalism and Digital Identity

We live in interesting times and among today's catalysts spurring excitement and concern are social media ... for it, as a movement, is a great equalizer.

Now, here we are, challenged to rethink what we know and think we know in order to compete for relevance now and in the future. As we heard in Part 1 of (R)evolution, we are witnessing the impact of social media on journalism and understanding how news travels differently through social graphs.

In Part 2 of a three-part series with Kate Couric, anchor and managing editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC, we examine how social media impact not only real-time journalism, but also how to protect the consequence of fact-first journalism amongst a new generation that Tweets first and asks questions later. We also explore the impact of new media on culture and society and how it influence who we are online as well as what we share and who we know.

Welcome to the (R)evolution, a new series that connects you to the people, trends, and ideas defining the future of business, marketing, and media.

Andrew Landini, Producer, Director, Lead Cameraman
Adam Eckenfelder, Audio Tech/Re-Recording Mixing
Jason Fairbrother, Cameraman
Special thanks to Erica Anderson (@ericaamerica) who helped bring us all together.

CBS Evening News Studios, New York

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Brian Solis is the author of Engage and is one of most provocative thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis's research and ideas have influenced the effects of emerging media on the convergence of marketing, communications, and publishing. Follow him on Twitter @BrianSolis, YouTube, or at

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  • Loraine Antrim

    Some of the commentary in the Katie Couric interview brings to the surface the interplay between "old" and "new" media. What strikes me is the speed of the social media communication channels vs Couric's medium--clearly, Twitter outpaces traditional news media by a mile. So for immediacy, social media wins by a long shot. Tweets can offer alacrity; blogging can offer in-depth citizen journalism. So the question is, why is traditional media still being used?

    For many, it's a generational thing. I would be very curious to look into a time machine and see "TV" in 25 years. I'm not sure I'd find it. Couric's comments made me think that she is very aware of the impact of social media, but clueless as the the real direction that news will be taking. I'll put my money on social media and save traditional broadcast for an exhibit in the Smithsonian entitled "What news used to be like." Loraine Antrim Core Ideas Communication