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November 17, 2005

Informal Presentation

Chapter 6: Professional Journalist Join the Conversation
We the Media by Dan Gillmor

Chapter 6 begins with Gillmor explaining that the Media needs to become part of the "conversation" of news.

"My readers, I realized, had become my collaborators."

Gillmor challenges the Media to become more involved with its readers.
"There is no plausible excuse for leaving out contact information when the articles are posted on the Web."

Gillmor spends alot of time dealing with journalist's blogs. Those of
Slate (Microsoft's online magazine)
CyberJournalists.net
Dan Gillmor

Event Blogs
-Discussion of a set, predetermined subject on a blog.

We Do Not Blog.
Kevin Sites
former CNN journalists who was covering the war in Iraq.
Started a blog and CNN forced him to stop writing his blog.

"CNN.com prefers to take a more structured approach to presenting the news. We do not blog. CNN.com will continue to provide photo galleries, video clips, breaking stories and interactive modules as ways to involve readers in learning abou the war."

Ultimately this incident hurt CNN more than Sites who went to work for MSNBC where his blog was welcomed.

Trust?
Alot of people in class (including myself) has questioned whether or not this new age of journalism can be trusted. Gillmor covers that briefly at the end of Chapter 6.
He says, "No matter which tools and technologies we embrace, we must maintain core principles, including fairness accuracy, and thoroughness."

Conclusion
Blogs give a whole new aspect to the journalist. What was once their audience is now another person checking for accuracy and giving suggestions to the journalist.

Sidenote
Graham Bensinger
19 year-old Freshman at Syracuse University.
Had the interview with Terrell Owens that ended up costing him his season.
Bensinger is a freelance journalist for ESPN.com. Started his journalist career online.
Visit Bensinger's website:
G-Sport Radio

Posted by SeanRunt at November 17, 2005 1:59 PM

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Comments

I liked your presentation very much; especially the sidebar to Graham Bensinger. It demonstrated how a novice, undergraduate made his mark in journalism, sports journalism, which is very competitive.

Posted by: NancyGregg at November 20, 2005 9:59 PM

Sean--you did a great job on your presentation. You knew what you read and knew what you were going to say. I loved how you showed the example of the young boy that started his own online radio about sports. That tied in great with your presentation! good job you get two thumbs up!

Posted by: Denamarie at November 28, 2005 10:05 AM

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