In part two of an exclusive interview with NetNewsCheck (read part one here), Planet Money‘s Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson turn their analytical acumen on the state of the news business. And in an age of unprecedented experimentation, they expect an inevitably high failure rate that makes for high stakes, but riveting times. “I think we’re in a period of a lot of experimentation, and that part of it is exciting to me. As with all market experiments, most of them are going to fail. A lot of them are going to be pretty lousy and some good ideas are going to fail, but I like that part of it,” Davidson says.
NPR’s Planet Money has crafted a new reportorial path for covering complicated stories that’s so engaging the network wants to infuse more of its news programming with the same curious, humane, approachable style. In part one of a two-part interview, reporters Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg talk about how Planet Money helped bridge the digital divide in NPR’s newsroom culture and why “value-added” news will play a critical role in challenging economic times for the media.