I second that motion
: Jay Rosen writes to praise Dan Okrent not only for the way he did his job but for the way he created the job of public editor at The New York Times. I second everything he says.
Dan did more than change The Times, he changed journalism. He reversed the flow in the pipe and showed the good journalism that can come from conversation.
What made him different from other ombudsman was that he did not just try to represent or explain or slap the paper; he made the public an equal in the conversation and he pushed both sides to do better.
His will be a tough act to follow.
Read Jay’s tribute.
(Dan and I were colleagues and pals at Time Inc. and afterwards.)
: Wolcott vs. Podhoretz vs. Wolcott.
: Winer vs. Curry.
Big city blogger
: The Philadelphia Inquirer has assigned reporter Daniel Rubin to the blog beat but he’s going to do far more than write about blogs: He has started a new blog at the paper as a gathering place for local blogs and blog news; he will bring the voice of bloggers into the paper every way he can imagine; he will try to turn the newspaper into a conversation; and he will cover news via blog (he’s making the Personal Democracy Forum Monday his maiden voyage).
Dan’s a good guy. I’ve spent long conversations with him on various media and blog stories. He is a topnotch reporter and in the process of covering these worlds he was bitten by the blog bug, bad. I expect great things from him. In his intro post, Dan says:
For those fretting about the death of serious journalism, know that we at the Brontosaurus on Broad Street care, and are working hard for those who share our values.
Blogging the election… Iran’s, that is
: Hossein Derkhshan and others have started a very impressive blog to cover the upcoming Iranian election at Iranscan.net, in cooperation with Open Democracy. Hoder is also working on a new and attractive Persian news site called Rooz.
Not your grandmother’s PBS
: A PaidContent job listing for PBS is surprising on two levels: “The Director, Premium Online Games & Content must be both an artist and an entrepreneur.” First surprise: Games can be good for you. Second surprise: Premium means making money. Third surprise: Entrepreneurial means making money is not evil.