By Martin Bosworth
This week I am front-paged on ConsumerAffairs.Com with a story that explores the blurred line between what we traditionally consider professional journalism, and the new democratized media of alternative news sites, bloggers, podcasters, and vloggers.
In a way, this harkens back to the debate over credentialing. I am firm in my belief that the marketplace of ideas will determine who succeeds and who fails once you boil away all the extraneous crap, and citizen journalism is no different. Yes, there are millions of bloggers out there with an Internet connection and an opinion, but the ones who truly succeed–the ones who vault from simple opinion to cogent, researched, smartly discussed analysis–are the ones who will rise to the top.
It’s an incentive to all of us who have bypassed the traditional route of journalism degrees and humiliating entry internships getting coffee for editors: STEP YOUR GAME UP. We have to be ten times better than any old-media representative, because incumbency is the ultimate advantage. Luckily, I think we are up to the challenge.
Read the article and feel free to share your thoughts.