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November 15, 2005

Conversations with Journalists, A New Era (Chapter 6)

“Being the least knowledgeable person in the room has its advantages; I always learn something.”

That, in my opinion, is a notable quote. It certainly demonstrates Gillmor’s positive outlook. It also demonstrates why he’s not afraid to engage the news audience, an audience he learns from, in an interactive conversation. This news format doesn’t have to be threatening as change so often is.

Nevertheless, Gillmor asserts, “No matter which tools and principals we embrace, we must maintain core principals, including fairness, accuracy, and thoroughness” (134).

Gillmor emphasizes that fairness, accuracy, and thoroughness are crucial in any news platform. There is no substitute for the facts. If someone is misquoted or something is misrepresented, it needs to be corrected. News blogs facilitate accuracy.

In this new format, editors, Gillmor argues, are still essential. Through years of experience, they know where and when to edit. When a story is incomplete, they know what is missing (135).

Posted by NancyGregg at November 15, 2005 5:21 PM


I also enjoyed that quote. I think a large problem with people is that they don't want to admit when they don't know something. Gilmore shows that not knowing things can actually be an advantage in these sort of circumstances. And I think that is an important concept in itself.

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at November 18, 2005 10:36 AM