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BLOGGERS vs. journalists “Everything I print from my apartment, everything I publish I believe to be true and accurate.”--Matt Drudge
Bloggers vs. JOURNALISTS Doug Harbrecht, President, National Press Club, 1998 “Real journalists live, pride themselves on getting it first AND right; they get to the bottom of the story, they bend over backwards to get the other side. Journalism means being painstakingly thorough, even-handed, and fair.”
JOURNALISTS Doug Harbrecht to Drudge: “Aren't you coarsening the public discourse?”
“It’s not clear yet whether blogging is anything more than CB radio.” -John Markoff (New York Times Technology Reporter) “Traditional journalists look at bloggers like Major League Baseball players look at some guy in the cheap seats yelling advice.” Perlmutter, in Palser article
BLOGGERS vs journalists We’re fighting against journalism in the hands of an enthroned few, who speak in a voice of phony, unearned authority to the passive masses Mainstream press IS politically biased, –or they are ignoring or suppressing important stories, –or they are out of touch with ordinary people’s concerns, –or they are merely passive transmitters of official utterances.
Key moments for BLOGS Lewinsky scandal Trent Lott’s bigoted birthday salute to Strom Rathergate
ECONOMIC REASONS WHY JOURNALISTS ARE THREATENED BY BLOGS Bloggers threaten the foundation of the commercial media system (Accuracy) –Professional staff –Advertising –Readers –Newspaper’s accuracy holds it all together
ECONOMIC REASONS WHY JOURNALISTS ARE THREATENED BY BLOGS Meanwhile… Bloggers have no overhead Can stick with a story forever Can specialize in totally narrow “beats” with expertise Not expected to be accurate Can target really narrow segments May already be at the scene of a news event
EMOTIONAL REASONS WHY JOURNALISTS ARE THREATENED BY BLOGS Blogs = the 5 th Estate (we can fact check your ass!) –Circulate bloopers, outtakes, pranks, jokes, and embarrassing performances by big shots. embarrassing performances Blogs keep stories going Dan Rather and Connie Chung
NOW THE WAR IS OVER Bloggers and journalists are WORKING TOGETHER –“as a symbiotic ecosystem” –5th estate is GOOD for journalism –Blogs as conduits: good for journalism
TRUST Jay Rosen (NYU Journalism professor): “Blog responsibly, and you'll build a reputation for being a trusted news source. Don't, and you won't have a reputation to worry about."
Blogs can be journalism When a blogger writes up daily accounts of an international conference, as David Steven did at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, that is journalism. When a magazine reporter repurposes a press release without checking facts or talking to additional sources, that is not. When a blogger interviews an author about their new book, that is journalism. When an opinion columnist manipulates facts in order to create a false impression, that is not. When a blogger searches the existing record of fact and discovers that a public figure's claim is untrue, that is journalism. –BARB PALSER, QUOTING REBECCA BLOOD
PRO-AMS: amateurs who work to professional standards Romanesko Politico