Friday, April 23, 2004

Citizens and Journalism

Blogging as Citizen Journalism. This is the future. Read it:

Jeff Jarvis is blogging the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention - here on what it's like to be civilian blogging the talks - "I'm accustomed to live-blogging conferences filled with bloggers who are doing the same. This was the first time I blogged a -- what should I call it? -- civilian event..." - here he covers Ethics and the News, reporting what points were made by whom, e.g.
[Michael Josephson] "Is a profession dedicated to asking others questions and demanding credible answers willing to do the same with respect to assertions and assumptions concerning traditional newsroom assumptions?"

On Rumsfield's talk -
He says news organizations are criticized by many. "But interestingly, my sense is that you're not regularly criticized by each other."

Traditional journalists as bloggers. Dan Gillmor says they're getting the form, but slower to get the culture:
Journalists are beginning to get it. For the first three years of its existence, my blog was one of a few lonely outposts in newspaper journalism. No longer. High-profile blogs have appeared at some of the biggest news organizations, and I've been hearing from more and more colleagues at other organizations, all wondering if it's time to launch staff blogs -- and if so, how best to do it.

I'm still not convinced, though, that Big Journalism is doing the most important thing: listening. We are still in a top-down mode and don't realize that the conversation is more the point than our pronouncements. I see progress, but not enough.

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