'This is what all the fuss is about?'
I suspect Nicholas Lemann's article
on journalism and community journalism is going to generate some debate. Lemann seems a little too down on blogging. But he makes a lot of good points. My view roughly matches what Adam wrote
a while back: it comes down to time and money. If you're paid to gather facts full-time, you're going to gather more facts than someone who isn't paid to gather facts full-time. Take it from me.
I regularly practice what I preach when I'm on the clock and off the clock. .... Not to say part-time community journalists won't make a big impact. They will. They already have in many instances, such as the reporting after Hurricane Katrina. ... FYI: Hub Blog got tipped off to Lemann's New Yorker article via an email sent to my personal account by Conde Nast. They either got my email from my blog -- or somewhere else on the Internet. Not that I mind. But it shows how the entire information-distribution game is changing.