Questions – Week 3

Posted on 10 April 2007. Filed under: Questions |

Questions from reading (below the fold).

No Questions: Ben
No Post: Mineko

  • As citizen journalism grows, will credentialed journalists become editors of content, rather than doing extensive writing?
  • Will paper newspapers cease to exist in the future? How far away are we from this?
  • When, if ever, are citizens or readers going to have to pay for the information we read? Or will advertising allow owners of media organizations to continue distributing information freely?
  • Are linkfests a form of blog? Why or why not?
  • Should more newspapers open themselves up to community bloggers? If so, should reader blogs published on newspaper websites be subjected to editing?
  • Do you think that linkfests are becoming or have become more popular than one source of online news? Do you think this is a good thing?
  • What makes a site like work?
  • Would a site like work in the U.S. like it did for South Korea?
  • Would you be more inclined to watch or listen to the local news if citizen journalist made regular appearances?
  • How can newspapers efficiently make the move from print to the Internet without losing money or writers.
  • If there is a massive movement to online journalism, does that put pressure on many of the older reporters in the profession.
  • Have you ever had difficulty contacting a reporter to discuss something they wrote or to give them a scoop because you couldn’t get their contact information?
  • How has the internet changed the way you comment on the news you receive?
  • Isn’t the success of blogging in the MSM dependent on the philosphies of individual newspapers, editors and journalists? If journalism is heading the direction of new media then isn’t it required that the journalists be interested in it?
  • How do you teach collaboration and informality to journalists who have had independence and objectivity drilled into them?
  • Will it take at least a generation to get the traditionally-minded journalists out of the business and replace them with the new breed?
  • Won’t more people look up an event on Google over some random blog?
  • How do professional journalists make money of blogs? Is it through ads or through its ranking or something else? If it’s through ads do they just have to get popular enough and then people start asking to advertise on their blog?
  • Why would organizations not want reporters to blog?
  • Is there a way to keep reporters’ personal perspectives out? Is there a way to have a blog that doesn’t highlight the reporter’s views but is in agreement with the organization so that it can provide a more popular forum to the public?
  • How much longer do printed newspaper have before they are exclusively on-line?
  • Do you think that television journalism with shift to a point where it is also exclusively on-line?
  • What kind of hierarchies is there in the blogging community that can shift this democratization effect that blogs originally or still have?
  • Do you see people as more human due to blogs because of the personality that can be expressed?
  • Do blogs now play an important role in the news gathering community?
  • Do you agree with Gillmor and Oh Yeon Ho of Oh My News that “every citizen can be a reporter”? Do you think, like in mainstream media, that there should be gatekeepers to ensure quality or accuracy, or should it be built on reputation alone?
  • Gillmor asserts that OhmyNews “forced the hand of mainstream news” by reporting the death of two school girls who were killed by a US military vehicle, but he doesn’t specify how the mainstream media were complacent. Even so, it begs the question: do you think that mainstream media will fold under pressure from the public, and if so, is it warranted? Doesn’t that mean that the public will forever be watchdogs of the media? Is the public up to this task?
  • Gillmor also asserts that professional journalists are helped by citizens’ comments and in some cases, reporting. But realistically, a reporter only has so much time to gather information for a deadline-is it realistic to incorporate citizen data or commentary, which presumably the reporter would also have to fact check?
  • Do you think a news company’s refusal to join the blog trend have really had negative effects? If so, how?
  • Do you think the blurring of professional journalism and blog-journalism will have a negative effect on the long run?
  • Do you think newly developed websites such as OhMyNews will sooner or later phase out as a media outlet/trend?

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i’m not sure what the difference is between “no question” and “no post”…isn’t the question the post? I can’t think of anything else that would be the post, because I’m up to date on my newsvine and wordpress posts each week…

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