Thursday, November 20, 2008

Blogging does journalism; journalism embraces blogging

Across the Atlantic, Paul Bradshaw at Online Journalism Blog asks,
Are these the biggest moments in journalism-blogging history?

Since most of his list cites bloggers doing journalism, I mentioned a couple cases of journalists doing fine work with blogs, and tipped the hat to the cat in the middle... catalyst Dave Winer, with four nominations about professional journalism coming to accept blogging:
  • 1999: Silicon Valley newspaperman Dan Gillmor starts blogging, encouraging tech community to think about journalism and journalism community to think about a new kind of "my audience knows more than I do" journalism.

  • 1999-2000: Jim Romenesko's MediaNews (now introduces the newspaper industry gossip blog. (Can't believe I didn't mention this in the original post.)

  • 2002: On the LongBets site, blogger, software designer and RSS visionary Dave Winer of bets the New York Times' Martin Nisenholtz $2,000 that: “In a Google search of five keywords or phrases representing the top five news stories of 2007, weblogs will rank higher than the New York Times' Web site.”

  • 2006: Pulitzer Prize for Public Service cites the blog run by the New Orleans Times Picayune after hurricane Katrina stopped the press and the delivery trucks:

  • 2007: Five years after his LongBet, Winer is declared the winner. By then, the Times itself had embraced RSS and blogging, converging on the present.

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