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Two posts I’m saying ‘Hell yeah!’ to right now

October 6, 2009

I’m having a busy week and when that happens, I end up reading a lot more than I end up writing. Two posts in particular have roused that sort of rebellious, energetic journalism rush in me:

First, via the always-rich-with-content @jayrosen_nyu feed, comes the Columbia Journalism Review’s Take a Stand / How journalism can regain its relevance:

If ever there were a moment … to embrace a mission more in keeping with the ideals of public service and an adversarial fourth estate, it is now.

Second, NYULocal, the NYU student blog, fires a shot at the student newspaper (Washington Square News) for stealing its content (!). Never mind the Bizarro plot (or the fact that I wouldn’t advise doing this, ever); Local E-I-C “Lily Q” makes some damn fine points in dressing down her print counterparts, including:

Aside from the fact that crediting with a link is common courtesy, we share a lot of readers these days, and realize it would look rather silly if we didn’t acknowledge your existence by linking to stories you’ve scooped us on. This is ethically necessary even if you only get the idea of a story from us, and then proceed to do your own reporting on the subject — it’s intellectual honesty to recognize, in words and links, your inspiration.

I don’t know why; I’m just all charged up after that.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2009 3:06 pm

    I had a recently found images and text that was either very poorly credited or not credited at all on the blog Renton Reporter was having Serra Media handle and put a shout out to Dean about it – in blogland, generally, I find people much more apt to give credits, links and kudos. Entering new territory in journalism and writing right now. I personally agree with you on the “hell yeahs” over here.

  2. October 8, 2009 10:02 am

    I’m happy to drop link-outs wherever they should be. I try to get all of them, but I oversee about 30 Web sites and a handful of other things, so it can get a little daunting. Just DM me or e-mail me.

    It’s definitely a culture change for a lot of journalists making their way from print to mixed media and I’d agree that bloggers are much more savvy in the “Ethic of the Link.” A lot of old school journos were trained to be either ambivalent or outright hostile toward their competition (or any news source that wasn’t them) and the idea of actually sending readers to those sources is just too much to wrap their heads around.

    They’ll figure it out eventually because they’ll have to. People will come to expect news sources to show their work and interact with Web communities and those who don’t will see the results in their Web traffic.

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