Skip to comments.Unfettered 'citizen journalism' too risky (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 12/13/2007 1:21:17 PM PST by abb
You're beginning to get a lot more news ... from you.
It ranges from the CNN YouTube debates to political blogs to cellphone video of that sniper who opened fire at an Omaha Mall. These are all examples of so called "citizen journalism," the hot new extension of the news business where the audience becomes the reporter.
Supporters of "citizen journalism" argue it provides independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media don't provide. While it has its place, the reality is it really isn't journalism at all, and it opens up information flow to the strong probability of fraud and abuse. The news industry should find some way to monitor and regulate this new trend.
The premise of citizen journalism is that regular people can now collect information and pictures with video cameras and cellphones, and distribute words and images over the Internet. Advocates argue that the acts of collecting and distributing makes these people "journalists." This is like saying someone who carries a scalpel is a "citizen surgeon" or someone who can read a law book is a "citizen lawyer." Tools are merely that. Education, skill and standards are really what make people into trusted professionals. Information without journalistic standards is called gossip.
But unlike those other professions, journalism at least in the United States has never adopted uniform self-regulating standards. There are commonly accepted ethical principals two source confirmation of controversial information or the balanced reporting of both sides of a story, for example, but adhering to the principals is voluntary. There is no licensing, testing, mandatory education or boards of review. Most other professions do a poor job of self-regulation, but at least they have mechanisms to regulate themselves. Journalists do not.
(Excerpt) Read more at ajc.com ...
Unless it comes from some corporate monolith, it isn't "journalism?"
and it opens up information flow to the strong probability of fraud and abuse.
Yeah, because those are unheard of in the news factories. I submit Peoples' Exhibit A through Z: Dan Rather, Steven Glass, Janet Cooke, ...
The news industry should find some way to monitor and regulate this new trend.
Just like it monitors and regulates the existing news biz? You media clowns would be howling in apoplectic rage if anyone suggested we muzzle YOU.
Once upon a time, journalism WAS an honorable profession, especially as practiced at highly reputable newspapers like the Atlanta Constitution and (believe it or not) the New York Times. Then there were the great reporters on the television networks, as exemplified by Edward R Murrow.
However, more recently, all too many journalists have become globalist shills, salacious tabloid guttersnipes, and apologists for feminazis, gaysbians, islamists, muticulturalists, illegal immigrants, and other darlings of the postmodern Left. Then there are the out-and-out LIARS, like Christianne Amanpour and Samantha Power. Power has taken things one step further, and now poses as a Harvard professor, rather than a mere journalist!!!! And the New York Times has become the New World Order Times—”all the news we fit to print.”
“Citizen journalism” is a much needed corrective to the fallen state of contemporary “professional” journalism. The Edward R Murrows of the 2000s and 2010s will probably emerge from the ranks of bloggers and other “citizen journalists”!!
"How many divisions does this news industry have?"
Freaking "live and let die" liberals. Anything they don't like must be regulated out of existence. Fascist control freaks.
I think it's being monitored already, Junior.
Now go forth and regulate the trend.
Freakin' teenager is delusional.
The media is being flushed and they can’t stand it. The public is tired of the leftist leaning liberal crap that the so called news is espousing. Note that they want to regulate the “citizen journalism”. Gee, I guess the 2nd Amendment isn’t the only “collective” right anymore eh? Freedom of speech only applies to the media...
The irony: journalists seem to be the least informed among us.
As the Internet continues its spectacular growth, it has been revealing some shocking truths never before known or long denied. One of them that many will not want to hear is that journalism is entertainment. News, like other forms of entertainment, is almost purely about giving us diversion from the worries of our day-to-day lives. ...
“CNN’s last YouTube Republican debate included a question from a retired general who is on Hillary Clinton’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender steering committee.” — Hey Sherlock, It was CNN who vetted the question, not a Citizen Journalist! Genius.
This guy is so out of touch it’s unbelievable.
[has never adopted uniform self-regulating standards. ]
How about simply telling the TRUTH; Is that a good enough standard?
Dayummm, will that fit into a tag-line?
...good-un, Bill. ;^)
The AJC has another article about Cynthia McKinney being Ron Paul's "heir".
Methinks the water shortage in Georgia is causing the AJC to get their water on the cheap, downstream from a meth lab.
So what’s Carolyn Washburn’s excuse....?
Pray for W and Our Troops
Another media dinosaur pining for the days when the great and glorious big-three had a total hammerlock on what went on the airwaves and what most Americans saw or read.
Dead parrots indeed!!!
Mis-use of analogy, David Hazinski.
Outstanding FReeper comments! BUMP-TO-THE-TRUTH.
Finding the cloud in every silver lining again, eh?
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