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Bloggercon journalism panel: my favorite bits

October 4th, 2003 · 2 Comments

  • Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit: People who won’t link because they don’t want to lose traffic to another page are operating on the Ted Baxter model. Ted didn’t want them to hire a replacement newscaster while he went on vacation in case people might like the replacement better. “Aw c’mon, just do reruns of my old shows, the news doesn’t change that much.”
  • Josh Marshall, TalkingPointsMemo: When you have a story as a journalist, you’re waiting for approval to publish it, then somebody else scoops you, by getting the same story out before you do.
  • Scott Rosenberg, Salon: They can no longer have a “closed” meeting of shareholders with no press–because every shareholder could be a blogger. They can’t close down the news from Iraq because Salam Pax is there.
  • Ed Cone, If you’re a journalist with a blog, how do you make sure your blog doesn’t cannibalize your day job. How do you make sure your mistress isn’t getting all your best stuff, with your wife getting what’s left over?
  • Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit: As long as you don’t get paid for what you write, you can get libel coverage on your homeowner’s policy.
  • Ed Cone, I do feel that Ziff Davis owns that little bit of my soul–or at least rents it.
  • Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit: I think you have a responsibility to opine honestly–I don’t think you have a responsibility to have an opinion.
  • Ed Cone, It’s not the nineties, so I won’t phrase the question as “How do you plan to monetize those eyeballs?”
  • Lis Riba: We’re seeing a bunch of people used to writing monologues trying to have a dialogue…
  • Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit: I think there’s a critical level after which comments don’t work very well–it deteriorates into a chat board or UseNet.
  • Kevin Marks, Epeus Epigone: The question is who can speak when. With weblogs, everyone can speak at once, in parallel. Prisoner’s dilemma–the weblog gives you a motive to be trustworthy.*
  • Jay Rosen, PressThink, chair of journalism dept at NYU. Readers, or people we call readers–are now writers. When I click on the source of a comment on my weblog, I end up in a website. I don’t think we know what journalism is going to be like in a world where readers are also writers.
  • Ed Cone, I think today is going to be the ultimate Rashomon experience. I think we’re goin g to find out when we get back to our hotel rooms that we all felt the elephant.

* A special huge thank you to Kevin Marks, who did what Harvard University could not–got us a working WiFi connection.

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