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Are Bloggers Journalists? Are Journalists Bloggers?

February 29, 2012 1 comment

Blogger vs Journalist Flowchart

Are bloggers journalists?

This debate continues to simmer as the traditional news-gathering industry undergoes a painful period of rapid evolution.

The answer to the question “are bloggers journalists?” can be answered by flipping the question on its head:

In an era where journalists increasingly write for digital versions of their newspapers (many of which have cut delivery to a handful of days per week or eliminated it completely)- publishing news DIRECTLY to the web without editorial oversight on every single story: are journalists bloggers?

Yes.  And vice versa.

Journalism is an activity, an ethic, a philosophy.  Historically it’s been bound by certain physical trappings: the masthead of a newspaper with a large circulation, rumpled oxfordcloth shirts, and thin spiral-bound notebooks.  No longer.

Even the structural and social components that used to define journalism have changed:

If you’re a blogger that subscribes to a code of ethics and strives for honesty and integrity – you’re a journalist.

If you’re a journalist that publishes your content electronically to a content management system – you’re a blogger.

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Because We’ve Always Done it That Way: Why Newsletters Must Die

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Why Newsletters Must Die

It’s often tough to break old habits.  Smoking.  Biting your fingernails.  Paying attention to the Westboro Baptist Church.

Organizations large and small seem completely unable to break themselves of the habit of newsletters; particularly for employee communication.  Even though it’s 2011 and technology is enabling video gamers to make unprecedented advances in AIDS research, we’re stuck on delivering static text in columns – sometimes sacrificing trees (and staff time) to circulate it.

Newsletters need to die – here’s why: Read more…

More on Blogging Discussion From WGVU Morning Show

May 27, 2011 1 comment

Grand Rapids Calder Plaza

I’m fortunate to be surrounded by great colleagues and to have access to extraordinary (award-winning) news professionals in Grand Rapids.  Many thanks to Adrienne WallaceKim Bode and Shelley Irwin for the opportunity to appear on the WGVU Morning Show today.

I always over-prepare for interviews & presentations so I have a bunch of information I put together just in case it might come up.  Another of the infinite benefits of the Internet is that I can share that with anyone who is interested via my blog with comparatively little effort (yet another reason you should be blogging).

History: Blogs were developed to eliminate the grunt work of publishing web content through automation – they have largely replaced webpages because you don’t need to know HTML/XML. Most of the popular blogging platforms offer the ability to easily set up polls, embed video/photos/audio/documents, allow discussion/comments, embed forms, get analytics, etc. Read more…

With @artprizeworst, Artprize has Officially Arrived

September 23, 2010 1 comment

Artprize Worst Logo

Mentions in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are nice, but the way you can really tell that Artprize has arrived is that there’s now a site devoted to lampooning the “worst” entries in the “open” art competition.

The blog “Artprize Worst” (and accompanying Twitter account @artprizeworst) appear to have gone up a week ago, and have begun publishing critiques of some of the entries in the 2010 Artprize competition ala Regretsy (parodying the craft ecommerce site Etsy).

A Sample Artprize Worst Post

I personally think that tributes like this are more important in the era of social media than mass media endorsements.  Here’s why: if someone is taking the time to catalog your foibles, it means you’re doing something well enough to not only be noticed.  More importantly though, it means your effort reaches a level of quality worth having an opinion on.

That’s the intangible quality that communication professionals thirst for.  It’s the reason so many actors long to be parodied on the Simpsons.

A Sample Artprize Worst Post

Hopefully the site won’t get shut down by legal action; giving a forum to this sort of opinion (which exists whether or not anyone files a cease and desist order) is valuable and can ultimately make the whole experience of an event like Artprize richer.  It also gives exposure to works that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

If I had an entry listed by Artprize Worst – I’d proudly wear that as a badge of honor signifying I was worthy of comment.

We should all be so lucky to have critics.