Traditions, conventions and ethics


So I was reading the chapters we were assigned for reading last week and I came across this quote from Jonathan Dube, creator of the website Cyberjournalist, editorial director for the CBC’s website, and award-winning print an online journalist.

“The internet is creating unprecedented levels of interaction between citizens and journalists – from blogs to forums – even to the point of citizens become journalists.”

This section of the readers speaks with great detail regarding the rise of the blogger and the effect it has had on objectivity — a journalist’s primary ethical code, and as well as the blogger, whose primary ethical code is transparency.

Its interesting to me because we have seen the shift of traditional journalism to online journalism as a rocky one. First traditional journalists were unwilling to accept this idea — that citizen journalism could be successful.

But Dube adds, “Journalism = Community = Democracy.” Clearly speaking to the fact that blogging has become a cultural phenomenon where the community has much more of an influence on journalism and new media than it did in the nineteenth century. Because in the days of the Penny Press, papers were essentially tailored to meet the needs of citizens and there interests, which was very different from what the mercantile papers were meant for.

The shift to community, or democratic journalism as Dube mentions, is more about separating from the media conglomerates that tend to homogenize the news and with that, its message. Whereas the Penny Press separated itself from the politically-funded Mercantile Press the blogosphere separates itself from the media conglomerates who have taken over as gatekeepers of information.

Anyone else find this section of the reading as interesting as I did?

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