November 14, 2005

"We the Media" Chapters 6-7

“Journalists aren’t some exotic species, they’re everyone who
seeks to take new developments, put them into writing, and
share them with others.”

"...readers (or viewers or listeners) collectively know more than media professionals do. This is true by definition: they are many, and we are often just one. We need to recognize and, in the best sense of the word, use their knowledge. If we don’t, our former audience will bolt when they realize they don’t have to settle for half-baked coverage;they can come into the kitchen themselves."

I love these two lines in chapter 6. It is so refreshing to read a book that understands and acknowledges the reality of the journalistic world. If a reporter's purpose is to share information with the world (and therefore an outside audience), then wouldn't it make sense to get that audience involved with the news? I see interactive journalism as the new frontier. If professionals and non-professionals found a way to work together, I believe news could only improve.

Posted by KatherineLambert at November 14, 2005 04:36 PM
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