Episode 29: ‘We Once Feared ATMs’

Nicole Bode teaches at the Craig Newmark School of Journalism and is the head of Newsroom Sustainability for Civil. Civil is a fascinating project designed to help journalism, which, you may have heard, is going through a bit of a rough patch.

Civil does interesting things, like using the blockchain to archive content. What that means for librarians is that content won’t disappear. News content can disappear for a variety of reasons, both accidental and deliberate. Civil is working to make sure the historical record remains intact.

Civil is also using cryptocurrency as a tool to help news organizations get paid. If you’re like me, you know nothing about what cryptocurrency really is, but it makes you vaguely nervous. The knock on Civil is that it’s complicated. Nicole addresses that concern, pointing out that ATMs once seemed hopelessly complex to people. And now, much less so. Unless you’re using one in front of me. Then, they become impossibly complicated.

Nicole also gets into the similarities between the struggles of journalism and the struggles of public higher education.

It’s an accessible, informative interview.

I promise.

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