Journalism links for Nov. 21 (“no one turns to journalists for Truth”)

These are select links tagged by members of my network on Nov. 21.

First: “No reader, viewer or listener in one’s right mind turns to journalists for ‘Truth.'” That’s what Herb Strentz, professor emeritus of journalism at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa says in The Truth is Elusive? Nah, Not in Our Business, submitted by Adrian Morck (aka amonck).

Strentz provides six reasons why “codes, tenets, principles are idealistic, not pragmatic.” He proposes that “news audience might be better served if instead of supposedly dealing in truth, journalists would offer disclaimers.” Strentz then provides an example that includes statements like: “The information collected and presented was done so under circumstances and conditions that are error prone.”

Now on to the list.

  • Are these the biggest moments in journalism-blogging history? (from alexgamela) – A fundamental review by Paul Bradshaw on the most important moments of blogging journalism.
  • Citizen Journalism Is A Farce (from richardk) – “A Citizen Journalist is no more of a Journalist than someone who gives you good personal advice is a Citizen Psychiatrist. It might well be time to ditch the idea of Citizen Journalism and call it what is: a witness with a recorder.”
  • Three social media principles for journalists (from ksablan) – Alfred Hermida observes that ” there are no set practices for journalists” in social media, and proposes three principles for established media organizations to follow.
  • The Television-ization Of Newspapers On The Web (from amonck) – “It’s your reliable [New York] Times homepage infested and overwhelmed with an advertisement … it’s moving around, people are talking (thankfully with the sound turned off) and the whole thing just overwhelms the newspaper reading experience.
  • My next assignment: covering online journalism (from richardk) – “Earlier this month, I left my job as interactive technology editor at the Los Angeles Times … my plan is to spend six months or so writing about trends and best practices in the field, both in the U.S. and abroad.”
  • (from copress) – Great example of a community site from a college newspaper. – Joey Baker
Purely paper
Earlier this year
  • Hack the Olympics! (from paulb) – Back in August, the Stryde Hax web site took set out to use the internet to verify the age of the Chinese women’s gymnastics team.
  • Is Witnessing The Same As Being A Journalist? (from richardk) – Private “citizens” sometimes blog and/or share video from private events they’ve attended. This May blog asks if journalists should “be given equal access to these ‘private’ events, or should attendees be forced to not publish anything they see, hear or feel?”