Last Friday, Urbanreporter kindly invited me to yet another 'journalists discussing how do we do new media' bull session.
Gathered in the studios of Public Broadcasting of Atlanta were the usual suspects.
I've been asked a couple of times if there would be a recap. My instincts were to write "sad and infuriating" and nothing more.
Sad to hear such talented writers talk of leaving their industry to survive. Infuriating for reasons which will shortly become clear.
But a few more words are needed. There were a few points which I believe crystalize the problem.
After 20 minutes of the same laments heard over and over for the past year, a new voice piped up. The one poor, lone ad man to attend any of these meetings, spoke. One of the journalists cried "this is the guy we should be listening to!"
In the room were a successful entrepeneur, one of the guys behind CNN's wildly successful iReport and a certain gentleman with 9 years in the IT business who has been writing online for over three years.
Yet, the ad guy was who they believed could provide them with the key to their dreams.
One other new thing emerged.
A casual comment from a few days before made me aware of "Like The Dew". Haven't heard of it? I can't imagine why.
Like The Dew was described as a labor of love. Well, it better be a labor of love if nobody knows about it.
There are many things we could discuss about that web site, but I'd like you to focus on just one. Look at their "Southern Links" section. Now look at my "Georgia Voices" section to your left. Compare and contrast.
We are past the "they're just not getting it" stage. We are into willful ignorance.
And one more thing. When that entrepeneur started listing off resources which could help the journalists understand this online world (i.e. Social Media Club), they desperately inquired how do they find such wonders.
People who spent decades tracking down corrupt scoundrels, poring over mind-numbing public records and digging through dozens of leads were stumped when it came to signing up on twitter and finding and following smcatl.
How do you help that?