From Editor's Weblog: “Think yourself lucky if your big worry is the future of journalism”
George Brock, the President of the World Editors Forum, says that we need to take a step back from all the hype of journalism, technology, and integration, and think about free expression, which is still a luxury to many.
In many countries it is still a reality that journalists worry more about the censor and the secret police than they do about blogging or multi-platform practices.
From Rebuilding Media: Vin Crosbie on What Is 'New Media'?
Broadcast and publishing executives mistake Mass Media as a catchall phrase for all possible media, as if no other medium can exist except as a Mass Medium. Moreover, they extend this mistaken meaning of medium to cover their own broadcasts or publications.
So entrenched has the contemporary misunderstanding of the terms media and medium become that the mistake limits the abilities of most publishing or broadcasting executives to comprehend what exactly is a medium or the media in which they work.
So, what are media, what is a medium?
From Online Journalism Review: Can Newspapers Do Blogs Right?
Within the past few weeks two of America's leading newspapers have watched staff-written blogs blow up in their faces. First, Ben Domenech left Washingtonpost.com after outside bloggers uncovered numerous examples of plagiarism in his past work. And last week, the Los Angeles Times suspended the blog of Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Hiltzik (interviewed by OJR just before the scandal broke) after he was discovered to have posted comments under false identities on his and other blogs.
Can newspapers do blogs right? I e-mailed that question to several prominent online journalists. All have experience with "traditional" media and either blog or oversee bloggers in their work...
In USA Today: Andrew Kantor's Focus on what's journalism, not who's a journalist
Judge Kleinberg got it right when he made it clear that there weren't separate rules for bloggers and journalists.
That's not to say bloggers are or aren't journalists — just that there shouldn't be a distinction. In other words, the same rules apply to everyone.
But — and here's the tricky part — although the rules apply to people equally, we can, do, and should apply them differently to different acts.
Asking whether bloggers are journalists is moot. What's important isn't the person but the product.