So, Whose the Better Reporter?

April 18, 2008

As this social media course comes to a close this is an interesting question. We’ve got “traditional” media outlets in one corner and “new” media in another. Maybe we should just have a Celebrity Death Matchand see who wins? Now this is sounding exciting. The truth is that I don’t think the lines are as cut and dry as that. There is currently a merging of the two that didn’t exist 10 years ago. Many reporters now have their own blogs in which they go into more detail about a story that they might be covering. Newspapers are going online with video streaming and eventually they’ll get the hang of it. The differentiations that used to exist are vanishing. If reporters are bloggers and newspapers are streaming video it’s pretty obvious that “citizen reporters” are being taken seriously. We the Media includes everyone reporting what’s going on out there in the world.

 

I know I’m rambling a bit but it just seems that there isn’t much difference anymore. As overseas bureaus close at an alarming rate because news organizations are restructuring as they try to save money we the citizens need to get our news somewhere. News stations have been sending paid interns out with handheld video cameras to follow candidates. Aren’t they “citizen journalists?” Basically, what I’m saying, is that both are needed and wanted. The mainstream learns from citizens as much as the citizens learn from the mainstream. We’re all in this together.

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