A roundup of the different flavors of this new journalism form
This article appeared Aug. 6, 2003, in the Online Journalism Review. Here’s the version on the OJR site.
Participatory journalism is a slippery creature. Everyone knows what audience participation means, but when does that translate into journalism?
Alas, there’s no simple answer. In a segment on PBS’s NewsHour website last April that asked, “Is blogging journalism?” Joan Connell, an executive producer at MSNBC.com, suggested that independent bloggers aren’t journalists because no editor comes between the author and reader. “I would submit that (the newsroom) editing function really is the factor that makes it journalism,” she said. (Bloggers disagreed.)