Friday, January 12, 2007

Poynter Online: Take a Blogger to Lunch (And Other Radical Ideas for Journos Struggling to Understand the Web)

From Keith Jenkins, picture editor at the Washington Post:

"If we are to survive as news organizations, survival will have to be charted by people who live in the new world, rather than by people who view the Web as either a threat or a tool to gain temporary power in a mortally wounded industry."

Comment: This is a very controversial article, and the negative comments have already started coming in. Alex Dering writes, "The blogs (and the bloglike) frequently devolve to "this is how I feel about this and how I feel is far more important than just reporting on something with logic and common sense and restraint."

Here's the thing - Jenkins is right. It doesn't matter if what we have today is good or bad. It's too late to go back. Journalists of every stripe are going to have to learn to deal with it.