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Monday, February 14, 2005

The Times story reports on the latest case of bloggers having an impact on mainstream media:

Resignation at CNN Shows the Growing Influence of Blogs. While the bloggers are feeling empowered, some in their ranks are openly questioning where they are headed. (The story is by Katherine Q. Seelye. in NYT > Technology.)

Since my class is being Times-centric this week, I thought students might like to see this response, comments by Jeff Jarvis about the way he is quoted in the story. (For plenty of background and links, see Jay Rosen's here and here.)

Among their other manifestations, weblogs have become a "citizens' journalism review," with bloggers watching for partisanship and sloppy work by professional journalists, pointing out missed stories and keeping underplayed issues alive.

I think that's a good thing, and I'd like to see the conversation between bloggers and professional journalists grow. For a good example, check out the blogger-journalist meeting in Greensboro, N.C., last week. (The audio of the whole meeting is online as a podcast, too.)

Related: Regret the Error is a weblog tracking news media corrections, columns by newspaper ombudsmen, and more. Also see Jim Romenesko's blog and I Want Media, and the recent debate in Columbia Journalism Review about its own coverage of blog-critics.

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