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Stand-Alone Journalism: DNC Edition


Andrew Sullivan, another one of the “Boston? Why?” crowd in which I count myself a card-carrying member, sums up “blog” coverage pretty nicely I think.
In Boston, hacks outnumber delegates by four to one. Mickey [Kaus] is reduced to quoting cab drivers. Jonah [Goldberg] is writing about his hotel. What a complete waste of time and money. Look, I think these conventions should be televised for two hours a night on the networks. Both political parties should have a chance to present themselves and their candidates as effectively as possible. But the notion that being there has any real journalistic merit is preposterous. Next time, the bloggers should save the money and switch to C-Span.

Sullivan’s right and while I don’t want to piss and moan about this too much but it’s worth pointing out what those of us who have been doing this for a living for years — we proud, we few, we stand-alone journalists — know: Good reporting is hard work. You want something original, something fresh, something new? Ya gotta go get it and then you gotta write about it. And when you’re in a room of people just like you – only with better equipment, better relationships and a long history of knowing what’s news and why – that ain’t easy even if you’re a pro.
Dave Penacost at The Daily Gylph had the best, meanest take yet, responding to comments about whether “bloggers” have “jumped the shark:”
Bloggers have been doing everything they can to be taken as the second coming of journalism. Now you get your chance and you’re whining that the media shouldn’t make such a big deal, because now you’re lumped in with the crowd? Sink or swim, pal. It’s a big world out there.
On a milder note, every “independent” movement (and what exactly is independence in this wildly interconnected world?) has been discovered, publicized, and commodified by “the media”. It’s your chance now to take that attention, and use it or lose it.
Part of the problem is that you iconoclastic web posters adopted what is surely the ugliest and least evocative word in the English language to describe yourselves – bloggers. You actually tell people at parties that you are a blogger?

“Shark” link courtesy of Doc Searls.

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