Well, thank you all for having me... feel free to chat with me on the Twitterz: @webjournalist. Also, if you like to talk about Web journalism, join #wjchat every Wednesday at 5PM PST (wjchat.webjournalist.org) on Twitter and if you consider yourself a Web journalist, make sure you join the Online News Association. We have local meet ups often and our annual conference is coming in two weeks! (journalists.org) Also, USC Annenberg is an amazging j-school... come learn the craft with us. Fight on! ;)
Sure, my thoughts on Wikileaks: I don't think leaks, or Wikileaks, "threatens the Web" ... nor do I think they threaten journalism. I think Wikileaks is a source of information... and like with any source I deal with in journalism, they may or may not have an agenda. Leaks are a core part of journalism. They are also called news tips ... and they become sources. It's just a part of the new news ecosystem ... I would say, though, they exist because news orgs have pulled back on their watch-dogness, which is unfortunate... but it is a clear side effect from cutting staff and being risk averse ... being more loyal to the bottomline.
Robert's approach sounds like the Derek Jeter approach. Try to do something every day to help the team win, and at the end of the year your figures (and the team's revenue and your pay) will be fine. Great chat, Robert.
@jwallace Here's what I mean when I say "responsibly." Facebook, like any good business, is interested in making money. Good for them. News orgs need to be too... but as a journalist, my loyalty is not to the bottomline, but to the community I am trying to inform. My loyalty is to you... because, personally, I think if I am loyal to you, you'll probably influence the bottomline in a positive way anyway. But, again, I joined journalism because I believe in informing the public... having an informed democratic society. I care about funding journalism... I'm active in it. But I'm not in journalism for the money. I might be poor, but I like sleeping well at night... I like knowing I made the world a better place, even if it's in a tiny way.
@Mary With AR, it certainly uses multimedia -- the best of all the different crafts of audio, video, text, photography, interactivity... but it also factors in your local, in real time. Information at specific locations. Experiences and contexts where you need them. It's young, but the tech, I think, is going mainstream rather quickly.
@Kim I agree, Facebook -- as well as Google and others -- can/should be big players in journalism. They thrive on quality content to engage with its users. Quality content is something journalists do every day. We need them, they need us... and we're going to be better off influencing each other. Of course, it needs to be done responsibly.
@Awilliams -- I've done some digging into Facebook and while I wouldn't use it as a main platform for information, it CAN be a good wide-audience communication tool. There's some messy algorithms behind it though so I wouldn't count on it until it happens.
@Paul The future tech I'm currently excited -- nerding out about, to be accurate -- is Augmented Reality. AR means different things to different people, but I'm interested in what I call Terminator vision. Through your mobile device, harnessing the camera, the GPS and the vast information on the Web... new ways of sharing information, experiences and stories. Really cool stuff.
@jwallace -- If someone says to him "Hey, your story is totally wrong, X is Y" and it turns out that really is true and his source was wrong, so he writes a follow up that says "I'm sorry, X is Y, you're right. I double-checked" and so forth, then that's journalism.
@Mary Twitter is great, and, professionally, is my platform of choice. That said, if Facebook were a country it would be the THIRD largest on the globe. Nearly everyone is on Facebook... so I think both of these are important. And the strategies employed on each are different. And, then... there is Google+. Still young, but emerging and quite powerful. G Hangouts alone can really affect journalism and community engagement.
@Webjournalist -- Well, according to the article I read, they're not. "Intel doesn't identify its freelance contributors, but the Free Press philosophy is similar to Cisco's Network. A few years ago, a story about the lack of innovation in recent tablet products would have been ludicrous coming from a company that does business with so many of those vendors, but the free-for-all of online visibility demands different rules."
@smkinoshita That is an interesting trend, corporations hiring journalists. It's actually a logical one... The LA Kings hired the Los Angeles Times' hockey reporter... why? Well, the guy wasn't getting much play in the paper and the LA Kings needed to tell its own stories. Now, my *hope* is that corporations tell hard, honest stories that is transparent... they don't block, censor to dictate what the journalist is doing. A controlled message is usually by the Marketing/Public Relations department. I thin it could be an effective way to for businesses -- for- and non-profit -- or any organization to effectively tell its own stories.
@Robert (webjournalist) What do you think of corporations hiring journalists? "Another BusinessWeek veteran, Steve Hamm, now anchors the corporate Smarter Planet blog for IBM. Contributors to Barnes & Noble's Review site include successful authors, illustrators, and even Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Michael Dirda. The corporate blogosphere is dotted with dozens of veteran journalists, and their numbers are growing."
@Paul In short, yes. Social media, the Internet, technology in general has given voice to the voiceless that journalism hasn't fully done before. You don't need to wait for the New York Times to tell your story... you can tell it yourself. And, that story may be a revolution. NPR's Andy Carvin / @acarvin has done an incredible job exploring this new type of social journalism.
@Kim You are right, there isn't a journalism problem, it's a revenue problem. And if we can't find ways to fund journalism, the quality and the needed watch-dogness a news organization brings will/is being threaten. So, we need the innovation we've seen in storytelling to influence the business model... to upgrade how we treat ads and other revenue generating content.
@Hounhosp -- remember, before hand a journalist was called that because the person was hired by a business that declared them a journalist, because the only way a journalist would be heard was through the media company's scale advantage.
I just saw a "connect worpress.com and you could win an iPad2" email from a site I enjoy visiting... who ever thought of that marketing iniative for them TODAY needs a time out. But then again, people are known to buy wooden ipad's at gas stations for $180..
@Mary The three other ponts/rules I tell journos: Social Media does not replace over the phone or in-person interviews. You still need to go out and engage with the community in real life. Second, in Social media we have to balance being a citizen, a journalist and a brand. And that's a new thing for us. Lastly, be open... we can't afford to be dogmatic about anything. Embrace technology, but don't get blinded by it calling it the savior.
@hounhosp -- Journalism is more than just a title. It's a set of skills with a particular mindset. One can be a good journalist if one has the skills (trained or self-taught), the mindset, and the storytelling. One can be a bad journalist if those skills are present but lacking.
@Paul I think J-Schools are in a real unique place to embrace, experiment and advance journalism through technology. Some schools are better than others -- Annenberg *obviously* is one of the best. The fact that I got hired, a vet Web journalist, is a sign that things are changing in J-School.
Thanks for having me! Jeez, I'm horrible at promotion! Things to know: #wjchat us a weekly Web journalism chat held every Wednesday at 5PM PST. Please join us! Also, Sept 22 in Boston will be the Online News Association's Annual conference. I hope to see some of you there!
@hounhosp -- We have a blogger journalist right here in London. He does on-the-spot video reporting with write-up. He might not be a great journalist since he's self taught but he's been mistaken for a professional a few times.
How has the turning of journalism into a two way street for communication (comments on articles, emails, etc) impacting the profession. It seems now writers are expected to respond to commentators in real time now
how about: how has the widescale availablity of smartphones changing the nature of true journalism? To put it anotherway, if anyone with a camera and the internet can break the story, how is a professional to differentiate themselves?
The whole Amazon.reader debate is a double-stupid. It's stupid to think that there's any e-book buyer who doesn't know Amazon's URL, and it was stupider to let ICANN launch the whole free-form TLD initiative to start with.
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