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March 16, 2005




The report reinforces my belief that the real innovation is going to come from journalism professionals working outside the corporate system. That seems the most likely way to get true innovation AND a grip on the good standards and practices that our industry has developed.

In many cases, I think this is about bringing back some standards, particularly in local news, that have been lost-- most importantly a coverage of neighborhoods with the same quality and attention that the "big stories" get.

I've got a new schpeal when I talk to people on this topic. I call it "The Electronic Fedora." The gist is using technology to enable a return to the old-school world where monopoly newspapers weren't even a consideration and neighborhood beats were commonplace in most cities. Will write a post on it whenever I get the time...


It will be absolutely essential that we try to do this new kind of journalism in a good way -- not throwing out the best practices and principles of the past but using them to inform and improve that fervor and knowledge from the edge. We can do it together.

How? Where is this discussion happening? We can't do it together if we don't address how to do it - to the extent that we have influence but not standards, we get infiltrated by shills.

From the Wash. Post * -
The administration's interpretation -- it's okay to hide the source as long as the spot is "purely informational" -- is untenable: Highlighting some "facts" and leaving out others can be even more persuasive than outright advocacy...

I bet many bloggers are a good deal cheaper than VNRs, and it could explain much of the commentary.

Howard Owens

There are other ways to increase profits on lower sales other than cutting expenses.

Jozef Imrich

Amen and Awomen!

By the way, Dan please consider check out a vision of the project - Experiment in Democracy

Now is the time for all good men & women to come to the aid of their Blogosphere Experiment in Democracy

Clouds over Democracy Start to lift
We the Bloggers, in order to form a more perfect Blogosphere, hold these truths to be self-evident: Free Thought and Free Speech are the cornerstones of Free Societies and Free People
Why a Blogosphere Democracy? Throughout our history, high-minded tools and actions have often been slandered and oppressed by those who wouldn't benefit from them--to mention a few: Science, Religion, Arts, Philosophy and specifically the study of Rhetoric which has never recovered, the Printing Press, Democracy, etc., etc., etc. To that end, the following proposition is a mere outline to establish an inclusive organized system to benefit the overall Blogosphere; all constitutional decisions should be clarified and ratified by the Foundation Board, Elected Congress Members, and engaged Bloggers (see below). Issues of concern to the Blogosphere can be addressed in this system as determined by the Members of the Board and Congress; likewise, individual Bloggers can appeal to their representative for action. The Blogosphere Democracy, in the hands of the Foundation Board and Congress of Bloggers, can achieve a democratic voice (Congress), support (Foundation), unity (Union), and advances (Guild) for the Blogosphere while finding methods of defending (Bureau) it.
Out of Many

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