"We’re All Journalists Now"?

As Frédéric Filloux makes clear, the headline here is nonsense.  Hence the question mark.  But it is nonsense, perhaps, not for the reason he, or most who write about journalism, thinks.  It's nonsense because journalism is no longer something defined by employment and can no longer be considered a "thing."  It's a process, today, not a … Continue reading "We’re All Journalists Now"?

James O’Keefe: The Downside of Citizen Journalism

The thing about citizen journalism is not that one has to be impartial or "objective" to provide valuable news service to one's fellow humans, but that one is part of a community the story concerns. Unfortunately, there are people who have taken the concept and bent it to their own ends. These tend to be … Continue reading James O’Keefe: The Downside of Citizen Journalism

Pro/Am Collaboration In Reporting: Is It Really Needed?

What follows is a contribution written by Aaron Barlow for a roundtable at the the Southern States Communication Association annual meeting in Norfolk, VA on April 3, 2009:Collaboration depends on acceptance of certain assumptions, of course, including that both parties bring something of value to the effort. Given that and my title, you might think … Continue reading Pro/Am Collaboration In Reporting: Is It Really Needed?

The Professional and the Amateur

Bill Keller, Executive Editor of The New York Times, recently spoke about the state of journalism. While his attitude is refreshing and his thoughts are generally on target, I do have a few nits to pick:Keller, when he speaks of the founders’ view of “the press” elides the fact that the conception of “the press” … Continue reading The Professional and the Amateur

Jumping Into Process from a Dead Stop

Below is a talk I presented as part of a panel at the 2007 annual Computers and Writing conference help at Wayne State University from the 17th to the 20th of May. I posted another talk last Sunday on this very blog. The third? You’ll have to wait for publication of my book Blogging America: … Continue reading Jumping Into Process from a Dead Stop

Something Is Happening (And They Don’t Know What It Is)

It’s nice that the commercial and professional news media are now honoring us bloggers as (collectively) a powerful new player on the political landscape. Though they also like to disparage us (“rabid lambs” from David Brooks is my favorite), they really are paying attention to us—and we should be flattered.Thing is, it’s a bit unwarranted … Continue reading Something Is Happening (And They Don’t Know What It Is)

The Amateur and the Professional

Some people in the commercial news media are beginning to understand something of what the blogs offer journalism—though they still manage to keep themselves at arms length from the blogs. Writing in The New Yorker of August 8, 2006, Nicholas Lemann (in a piece called “Amateur Hour”), while a little snide in his attitudes towards … Continue reading The Amateur and the Professional