05/24/14 292 W - + 6 - 2 When Does "Journalist" Equal Journalist?

Shorthand blog post.

Read this story found by Dave Statter of Statter911 and posted on his Facebook page. He notes:

"In today's world how does the press office decide who is a reporter? Is anyone with a Facebook page or blog a reporter? What's the difference if the average visitor engages someone in a conversation and then reports what that person said? At least the traditional reporter will let the person know who they are and all you have to do is decline to speak. Those rules don't fit with the digital age too well." (May 22, 2014)

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Read my response on Dave's Facebook page, in response to comments in the context of citizen journalism and the digital age:

"When does “journalist” != Journalist? By my thinking, it equates to the experience and/or learning that enables the person to perform “good journalism.” And what is that, you ask? Those would be such qualifiers as… factually verified or well-sourced… without opinion or editorial bias… open-minded and willing to follow the facts wherever they lead… compassion for the people that are the stories… and so on.

Dave could sketch this one better. I’ve only had a couple classes in college long ago in pursuit of my bachelor's degree (Math Education, what?!) and supplemental certificate (Professional Writing).

I blog, therefore I am. But what I am? Well, the same sort of person Ben Franklin was when he disseminated his opinions via published pamphlets in the years before the great United States existed. Does that make me a journalist? You decide." (May 23, 2014)

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