Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Meet The New Boss

Same as the old boss.
At Friday's pow-wow, there was much hand-wringing about the new face of journalists and the emergence of citizen journalism. While some accused bloggers and citizen journalists of being posers, peddling an agenda-driven and unaccountable brand of journalism, others argued it helped take the news out of the hands of a few "gatekeepers."
Make sure you click through to the pictures to see what Mr. Karkaria calls an "eclectic mix". At least Amani was there. I'm sure he represented. (I wonder how they heard about him. Hmmmm. I suppose it could have been Len Witt. Or maybe his name being dropped at a certain meeting?)

Once again, they never accepted us and they never will.

10 comments:

Rusty said...

LOL, "a moderator of citizen journalists around the country."

I'd like to get paid to drink beer, eat bacon jerky, and play golf all day too.

griftdrift said...

Walls is a perfect example. I think he brings something amazing to the table i.e. investigative journalism but he admits right up front that he's already reached the limits of his technical know how.

Gosh I wonder where he could find people with that know how. I wonder if there's any people in Atlanta who might have been working in this medium for years.

Gosh. I wonder.

SpaceyG said...

Gee, Ma AT&T ate my Evite to that little shindig. And I could tell you why but after years of the same very tiring beating of that poor 'ole us vs. them nonsense I prefer to just go forth and do... like the rest of my new media ATL peers. Glad Amani got out of that CF alive.

SpaceyG said...

And one more thing while we're on topic... what's the point of even offering to lead a horse to digital waters when they refuse to leave the flaming barn? Let 'em burn in their own damn barn.

Catherine said...

Gosh, I wonder, too, Grift. This is truly priceless. Bet there was a spike in their AC bill for Friday night. What with all that hot air.

decaturmetro.com said...

Is it a bad thing that I don't know who any of those people are?

Is it even worse that I ended that last sentence with a preposition?

Rusty said...

@decaturmetro.com

You need an editor. I crowned myself Editor of the Universe ten minutes ago, so I expect you to submit all copy to me before you post it on your blog.

Sara said...

Actually, I think it's pretty emblematic of what's going on here that the people on that site are not very recognizable anymore. Many of them once wrote for the AJC before being laid off, accepting buyouts, or departing on other less than pleasant terms. Hmm...I wonder why anyone would doubt their motives towards bloggers and other social media....

decaturmetro.com said...

Can do Rusty! I knew you'd eventually find a way to fulfill your dream of eating bacon jerky all day long.

But seriously, I can't wait to see how this all plays out. As journalists enter the blog space, they leave their traditional 9-5 and enter the hit-obsessed world of blogs.
For years journalists have been saying "bloggers aren't journalists" (apparently). Damn right. And now that journalists are becoming bloggers, they're going to find out quickly how true that is. (Damn another preposition! Rusty!)

For instance: How many journalists have a background in establishing a "brand?"

Anyway, food for thought. I'm off to feed the beast...

Amber Rhea said...

decaturmetro, you're killing me. "Are" and "is" are not prepositions!