Regarding the sunny optimists, who see a future of bloggers and citizen journalists creating a benevolent web, a few come to mind, writes Martin McKenzie-Murray, a blogger and former political speech writer.
Experienced journalists are fleeing the The Washington Post — well, accepting redundancy packages — but the paper’s inability to back its young bloggers when making mistakes online will cost its future, says Patrick Pexton.
Just who is and isn’t a journalist is yet to be tested in court. One day, surely, it will be and that will be very interesting indeed. Is bad journalism, such as Andrew Bolt’s recent litigated inaccuracies, still journalism. Is good blogging journalism? Interesting questions.
Commentators who engage in the ‘bloggers versus journos’ debate almost always miss the point. It’s not about amateur versus professional. It’s about asking how we can deliver the best possible journalism in multiple mediums, writes Mr Denmore.
Huffington Post cost AOL $315 million earlier this year, yet the majority of its writers don’t earn a cent for their work. Now a group of freelancers have launched a class-action seeking compensation for their work.
Jason Linkins clears up some of the myths of Huffington Post, explaining that there are paid staff who do the majority of the work behind-the-scenes, although many of the other bloggers whose content is used aren’t earning money.
Internet debate can be coarse, but it really does hold journalists and politicians to account. The only things I have censored on this blog involved gratuitous obscenity and scatology, says Richard Farmer.
There’s only so long that bloggers and citizen journalists can write original journalism for free. Journo Mayhill Fowler published her resignation email trail with a HuffPo editor, discussing the lack of support she received.
A whole new world of internet advertising is developing in the Forbes blogs stable, far more involved than the old sponsored post. Instead advertisers can pay to run an entire blog alongside the normal blogs run by Forbes journos.
As Mexican newspapers see their journalists killed and threatened for reporting the drug wars, bloggers and tweeters are increasingly the most effective media for following the assassinations, shootings and kidnappings as they happen.
The political blogosphere in Russia is a burgeoning sphere of vitriol and nastiness. Russian bloggers are quick to turn on anybody and the public would be well advised to stay away and stick with good old fashioned newspapers, writes Victor Davidoff.
Yes, it’s a classic customer service revenge tale. A customer gets bad service, they bag it out on their blog and Twitter and suddenly the company are offering them freebies. Are bloggers improving customer service?
This piece is currently causing quite a stir in the blogosphere: Why is the world of online journalism such a sausage-fest? According to Canadian columnist Margaret Wente, it’s because men love the “adrenaline rush” of online punditry. And chicks don’t, apparently.