He of the idea that allowing the citizenry into the ivory towers of the journalistic profession (look, it\’s a trade, alright?) is a very bad idea indeed.
Supporters of "citizen journalism" argue it provides independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media don\’t provide. While it has its place, the reality is it really isn\’t journalism at all, and it opens up information flow to the strong probability of fraud and abuse. The news industry should find some way to monitor and regulate this new trend.
Mmmmmm, and what does this ex-journo now associate professor think should happen?
Journalism schools such as mine at the University of Georgia should create mini-courses to certify citizen journalists in proper ethics and procedures, much as volunteer teachers, paramedics and sheriff\’s auxiliaries are trained and certified.
Why, there should be more work and income for ex-journos now working as associate professors. Remarkable that, isn\’t it?
And what might be the sort of thing that would be taught in such courses?
There are commonly accepted ethical principals — two source confirmation of controversial information or the balanced reporting of both sides of a story, for example, but adhering to the principals is voluntary.
Clearly not the use of language: you mean principles you self-serving, rent-seeking Stalinist fuckwit. Adhering to the principals is fixing your lips firmly upon the editor\’s fundament which might indeed be a useful career move but it\’s not normally regarded as part of ethical principles.