Bloggers vs Journalists
July 31, 2006
During my daily blog browsing I came across this post at Jeff Jarvis. Jarvis takes apart an article written in the New Yorker by Nicholas Lemann.
Here's a quote from the post (Jarvis commenting on the article in the New Yorker) that I particularly liked:
So Lemann continues to paint this as a fight: bloggers v. journalists. He continues to try to define journalists as the professionals, to define the act by the person who performs it (and, implicitly, the training he has) rather than by the act itself. He continues to try to limit journalism to journalists, wanting in his last line for reporters (note, he didn’t say reporting) to move to citizens’ journalism.
I so wish I had seen him instead imagine the possibilities for news when journalists and bloggers join to work together in a network made possible by the internet. I wish he had seen journalism expanded way past the walls of newsrooms and j-schools to gather and share more information for an informed society. I wish he had used his lofty perch to see beyond the horizon to a new future for journalism and the students he — and I — are teaching now.
But no. Pity.