What We Talk About When We Talk About a News Cafe
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WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PUBLIC NEWS SPACES

When we think about the future of The FJP we think of a physical space that’s part cafe, part bar, part library, part museum and mostly a giant 21st century newspaper in the shape of a building.

We think of a place to show up on Friday night and experience the news through a performance, because you’re tired, want to sit back and chill out but still be informed.

We think of a place to show up on Monday morning to get your coffee and receive a hand-picked digest of exactly what you need to know, because you don’t have time to read 4 newspapers, but you want to be news literate and read multiple intelligent perspectives on the story of the day.

We think of a place to experiment with storytelling and to bring journalists together with communities to explore current affairs and technology together, across age, discipline and socio-economic background.

Here, we made a comic to help visualize what we have in mind.

The FJP News Cafe, Illustrated

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AND WHY WOULD WE DO THIS?

The 24-hour news cycle isn’t always the best way to understand the news. Instead, it’s the by-product of an evolving business model that considers economics more deeply than psychology, health or effective learning or just plain fun.

There are stories that need to be consumed quickly and immediately. And there are stories that need to be consumed more slowly, with greater depth and time, in the right place. Some need to be studied with a bit of discipline, with easy access to necessary context. Some should simply be enjoyed. Some need to be discussed in a group rather than read alone. Some need to be challenged, debated and acted upon.

There are stories that need to be shared widely, across socio-economic and cultural boundaries, and others that really don’t need to be shared at all because they aren’t news, even if they purport to be, as they infiltrate our feeds with empty calories begging for time and attention.

We’re interested in the original question: What is news and why do we need to consume it? Who should design it? How should it be presented? How far can we push the norms on presentation and consumption and how diverse of a community can we get together to produce the news?

We think the FJP News Cafe will help contribute answers.

Questions? Comments? We’d love to hear your ideas.