Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Innovation Journalism Vol.2 No.11, Aug 30 2005

By Turo Uskali.

Business journalism often misses to predict major happenings and frequently plays a part in inflating economic bubbles. Journalism seems to lack good methods for handling “weak signals”, the first written signs or hints of a coming change - a key concept for future-oriented journalism. The author has shown in previous work on business news that weak signals are mainly detected at the end of the news stories and from reporters´ personal comments. Business news often allows no more than one scenario of the future per story, which is not sufficient for discussing weak signals. This tends to promote mainstreaming which can inflate bubbles. Innovation journalism is future-oriented and needs to discuss weak signals. The paper proposes some guidelines for innovation journalists on how to cover weak signals without repeating the mistakes of business journalism. Traditionally, scholars have looked for weak signals in news headlines. But news headlines mostly focus on strong signals. The paper proposes some future directions for weak signal research.


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lena said...

Thank you for bringing up such an insightful perspective on business journalism and the need for better methods to handle weak signals. It's true that traditional business news often fails to predict major happenings and can contribute to economic bubbles. Your suggestion of incorporating weak signals into journalism is crucial for a more comprehensive understanding of future trends and potential changes. By playing sigma game, you can engage in a dynamic virtual world that requires foresight, teamwork, and adaptability. It provides an opportunity to develop critical thinking abilities, assess weak signals in the game, and respond accordingly. The game's fast-paced nature and ever-changing scenarios can help sharpen your decision-making skills and enhance your ability to anticipate future developments.