And what is journalism in the end?
: Following on advice on covering the conventions, Doc Searls adds this:
Prove that bloggers are journalists who listen. Prove that we’re in conversations, and not just standing on soap-boxes, or “delivering content”. Prove that we’re about making and changing minds, and not just small-bore op-ed cannons.
Try this idea out for size: The most important principle of blogging is the #5 habit of highly successful people: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Then help the mainstream media understand what bloggers are, and how they work.
Joi Ito adds this:
My conclusion is that much of good journalism is just common sense, and I would even assert that compared to journalists who don’t write in their name, have fact-check desks to do their fact-checking and editors to fix their grammar, bloggers are much more accountable and have to take it in the face compared to their anonymous counterparts in the mass media.
One good thing that is coming out of inviting bloggers to the convention is that while the journalists are working to define “blogger,” everyone else is working to redefine “journalist.”
: Meanwhile, Steve Gilliard [via Duncan Black … hehe] is unhappy with blogger coverage of the convention and has this to say:
Let’s establish two things, one no one gives a shit who you have lunch with, speeches you sit through, or where the media is. Two, people do care about real news….
My one bit of advice: GET OUT OF THE FUCKING HALL.
Because if you guys don’t start telling people what happened, it’s a waste of time.
: MEANWHILE… Joe Territo covers the convention: Live!
: UPDATE: David Weinberger covering the convention: Live!:
The Convention has been officially open and in full swing for the past 75 minutes, and I’ve just noticed something: It’s very, very boring. But only if you’re paying attention.