Tuesday, March 2, 2004
The editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is entering his third month as
an almost-daily weblogger, and says he's coming to appreciate
"that other world."
In an interview at Poynter.org, Doug Clifton says his blog
has clear differences from his regular newspaper column: "The blog
encourages spontaneity. It's more conversations. And readers respond
Besides Clifton, the paper has blogs by a technology writer, a
metro columnist and a reporter on assignment in Iraq. The paper's rules
are that the blogs still must be edited, and must not "diminish their
work for the ink-on-paper Plain Dealer."
Blogging journalists and journalistic bloggers Dan Gillmor, Jeff Jarvis and Jay Rosen were participants in the O'Reilly
Digital Democracy Teach-In in San Diego last month, and now the rest of us can read a detailed transcript or listen to an online audio version.
Rosen, for example, sees the rise of weblogs and related interaction as
a return to "the original promise of the public, which is a collection
of people who are not only readers, but also speakers, people who have
opinions that not only count, but they can themselves voice.
People who have not only ideas to share, but a role in politics." The
"gatekeepers" in decline include not only journalists, but political
pollsters and consultants accustomed to filtering information for a
A Jarvis comment: "The first obligation is to go read those blogs
and see what the people are saying and what they care about, which may be very
different from what we say they care about on our front pages or in our stump
speeches, and so the first and most important thing is to listen to the people."
A Gillmor comment: "I do not disdain
the mass media, which compensates me nicely, and lets me do these things and
talk about these things, and I believe in mass media, in its role in particular
in doing big investigations that are going to be hard to do if that disappears,
and I am afraid of that world where there is no mass media. I want there to
be all of this, not just some of it."
The same conference included David Weinberger, senior Internet adviser to the Howard Dean campaign and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto.
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