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.
By J.D. Lasica
The formation of an Online News Association, devoted to tacking 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.
Jaroslovsky, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, said the “eccentric” list of attendees was based on “who I knew and whose e-mail addresses I had in my address book.” Among those in attendance were heavy hitters from the New York Times on the Web, Washingtonpost.com, MSNBC, Time Daily, San Jose Mercury News’ Mercury Center, ABCNews.com, National Public Radio, CNet’s news.com, CBS.MarketWatch.com and USAToday.com. Invited, but unable to attend, were staffers from Slate, Salon and ZDNet.