The "He Said/She Said" Dodge

Want to avoid controversy yet continue to style yourself as a journalist?  Use "he said/she said," the surefire way of removing yourself from the debate while retaining a sense of personal gravitas!  Yes, kids, "he said/she said" can save you the trouble of real reporting, for it ties perfectly into the here-today-and-gone-tomorrow news cycle.  All … Continue reading The "He Said/She Said" Dodge

"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"?

Journalists: Look to Your Future

Yeah, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s The Front Page first appeared in 1928–and William Randolph Hearst’s father let him take over his San Francisco Examiner forty years before that. But that doesn’t make it any less aggravating today when roads and airspace have to be closed to keep an overly aggressive news media from intruding … Continue reading Journalists: Look to Your Future

Jay Rosen and NewAssignment.net

Say what you will about Jay Rosen, he remains one of the only people (outside of the citizen’s journalism movement) doing more than complain about the state of journalism in the United States. For decades, now, he has been trying to move the journalism profession in new, potentially fruitful directions. In the 1990s, he was … Continue reading Jay Rosen and NewAssignment.net

Journalism: Why Force the Amateur and the Professional Together?

Before I get into this too deeply, I had better make two points: First, I have a great deal of respect for Jay Rosen, the New York University journalism professor who, for twenty years, has been behind some of the best and most innovative attempts to reform the professional and commercial news media. Rosen was … Continue reading Journalism: Why Force the Amateur and the Professional Together?