The Online News Association is just what journalism needs — if it opens its doors to rank-and-file journalists
This news analysis appeared Dec. 16, 1998, in the Online Journalism Review. Here’s the version on the OJR site.
The formation of an Online News Association, devoted to tackling thorny issues of ethics, credibility and credentials faced by Web journalists, fills a vast gap in the online news landscape.
What remains to be seen is whether they can translate that praiseworthy goal into a broad-based grassroots effort that includes not just senior executives but rank-and-file online journalists.
Some two dozen senior managers from major Web news sites met in Chicago last week and agreed to organize a nonprofit group “open to people interested in practicing serious journalism on the Web,” spokesman Rick Jaroslovsky said.