WeMedia: Accountabiliby and quality

Neha, part of the brilliant Global Voices network, had this brilliant post about Citizen Journalism, a term that I really don’t like for a number of reasons I can’t write about now, but will later.

Here’s what Neha has to say.:

Over and over again – the point about how journalists are equipped to fact check (which apparently bloggers can’t) is being repeated. So here’s the deal. Blogger and Amateur aren’t synonyms. There are journalists with incredible experience who choose to blog for the freedom it provides, and because it lets them lay out more information and reflect on the nature of news. A blogger may or may not want to be known as a journalist. It’s NOT an Us Vs. Them situation.

You tell ’em Neha.

I was being snarky in my last post about Helen Boaden’s discomfort. But I get the feeling that some of us in large media organisations want citizen journalists’ content but they don’t want the messiness of the blogosphere. Sorry, you can’t have it both ways. It’s messy out there. Always has been. A simplistic worldview filtered through a media defined by scarcity.

4 thoughts on “WeMedia: Accountabiliby and quality

  1. The problem is right there. Traditional media vs bloggers. Real journalists vs citizen journalists (and I don’t like the term either). Them vs Us. Mainstream media won’t crack blogging until they realise its a collaborative process. Its not just about letting the audience in, its about engagaing with them, making them part of the online environment. Its not just about giving them a piece of turf.

  2. Yeah, but unfortunately, I fear that this conference has inadvertently heightened this divide. Jeff Jarvis is right that Big Media still isn’t listening to what audiences are saying, and the sense of frustration in this room amongst people formerly known as the audience is growing by the minute.

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