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March 26, 2006

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Susie from Philly

Chris, you misunderstood what I said. I don't think there should ever be ANY kind of minimal certification for bloggers. But if you want to use them as stringers for a for-profit news operation, you should get them under the liability insurance somehow. (I've been sued for libel. It's no picnic, even when you're covered.) All it takes is one major lawsuit to shut you down for good.

My point was that an insurance company would accept some kind of certification to minimize the risk of a loose-cannon stringer. It would also afford more journalists the possibility of getting paid for the work they already do. I don't know about you, but I'd rather do this full-time and not have to worry about paying the rent.

I do believe strongly journalism is more of a trade than an academic discipline, and I think the latter designation is about keeping working-class and anti-authoritarian voices out of the temple.

Jeff Jarvis

Am I missing your byline so I can figure out which of the smart people from Saturday you are?

Jay Rosen

"There's the notion that groups and individuals have an almost elemental need to distinguish themselves from other groups and competitiors."

Yes. This has been a major element in the tension between journalists and bloggers. But in a deeper sense... American journalists, wedded to non-partisanship as a defining characteristic of their professional selves, need partisans to be defined as non-journalists so that journalists can be defined as non-partisans. Trouble is "citizens" are mostly "partisans" too, since most people have political lives, views, and an ideology.

Thanks for the write-up, Chris. I was supposed to be there but they changed the day to one that didn't work for me.

Also I recommend that for your PhD research you read Burton Bledstein, The Culture of Professionalism. You might also find some value in my dissertation, The Impossible Press: American Journalism and the Decline of Public Life (NYU, 1986.)

Chris Anderson

Whoops! Sorry Jeff: my about page is seriously out of date. Chris Anderson, Columbia University J-school PhD, Indymedia guy!

Jay: Thanks... you missed a good one, BUT .. there will be others. I think this is only just begining.

Bill Densmore

Karl Martino's suggestion of additional meetings to discuss the "norg" concepts -- by that or another name -- calls to note that The Media Giraffe Project at UMass Amherst has convened a roundtable summit, workshop and conference for June 28-July 1, at the Amherst campus, entitled: "Democracy & Independence: Sharing News & Politics in a Connected World." For details see: http://www.mediagiraffe.org/invite/ We have already developed a set of sessions which attempt to flesh out what the news organization of the new century is going to become, and seek suggestions for adding more. See http://www.mediagiraffe.org/program/program.pdf.
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Bill Densmore, director/editor
mediagiraffe@journ.umass.edu
The Media Giraffe Project
Journalism Program / Communication Studies
DIRECT: 413-458-8001
http://www.mediagiraffe.org/conference.html

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