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On writing-2

Posted on | August 22, 2007 | No Comments

So many fabulous responses to the On Writing post Sunday. It’s good to know that in the age of info-glut, people still care–deeply–about writing well. (Or I just know the last few, proud writing geeks).
I came across this blog item today while researching good ledes for a curriculum I’m putting together for the youngins at Blanc and Otus.
There are great examples in there.

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  1. Kerri
    August 23rd, 2007 @ 8:30 am

    You might also want to take a look at this discussion that’s swirling around. I agree with Heidi’s comments more than Rosen’s, but on several points, they’re not at odds. Yes, there are, in fact, journalists who blog. There are also journalists who write novels. Or who paint. Or who volunteer to do the school newsletter for Springfield Elementary. But the blogging, fiction writing, painting, and newsletter generation doesn’t make them journalists.

    Being a journalist makes you a journalist.

    NB: Having a keyboard and fingers also doesn’t make you a journalist. NB2: Just because you have a keyboard and fingers doesn’t mean you’re not a journalist. Discuss.

  2. heidi
    August 23rd, 2007 @ 9:33 am

    I took a look at “this discussion” on the L.A. Times website. It hit another nerve, unfortunately for those who want to move away from this discussion. The blogs that Jay Rosen cite as journalism base their journalism-ism on reader contributions for the most part. Pet-owners contribute to a pet food scandal; a reporter from Iraq, a former Green Beret, “is spending 2007 embedded with soldiers whose courage and sacrifice he admires, and whose stories he tells;” a left political blog uses contributers to report on the Libby trial; U.S. Attorneys firing coverage gets lots of help from readers. This is the other thing about blog journalism. Standards and credibility. Old-school journalists wouldn’t last long, in a job or in the public trust, if they didn’t adhere to professional standards and demonstrate credible impartiality in their work. Ok, again, not ALL journalists did, do, or will. The bad apples have certainly infected the old-school. And yes, several of the blogs listed come across as fairly impartial. But you get my point: free access comes at a price, and readers looking to form their opinions, attitudes and ACTIONS based on news, are gonna pay. Journalism is the fulcrum of our world. Are we really going to hand it off to the (gulp) open-24-hours, all-you-can eat blog-o-sphere?

  3. Kerri
    August 23rd, 2007 @ 10:38 am
  4. MoJito
    August 24th, 2007 @ 10:15 am

    The youngins, huh? Harumph.

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