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Rosen: Dump the “Who Is Going to Win?” Question

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Jay Rosen has an excellent piece  about the media’s presidential primary horse-race mentality. However, he reminds us that collectively the media is not human and has no mentality at all. It has no mind thus is not easy to change.
That’s excellent point number one, excellent point number two for me is that the media’s so called experts are not [...]

Confessions, Already, of an MTV Citizen Journalist

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Shelby Highsmith is Georgia’s MTV citizen journalist. He provides a little tell-all of what his training was like, and, hey, look what they provided for his backpack journalism:
There’s the Canon SD1000 for stills (the same model I already carry everywhere); a nice Panasonic 3-chip camcorder (consumer, not pro-sumer…we need to remain portable, you know); shotgun [...]

Hillary Wins in NH: A Bad Day for Pollsters, Pundits

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Even on PBS’s News Hour at 6 p.m. the pundits were all but writing Hillary Clinton’s political obituary. They were dead wrong. This was not a good day for mainstream media and their legions of pundits, who really don’t have a clue what the everyday people are thinking. Which might not only mean citizen votes for Hillary Clinton, but [...]

Confessions of a Citizen Journalist, So What’s New?

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

OffTheBus, is Jay Rosen’s and the Huffington Post’s move to get citizen reporting and citizen insights into Presidential election news mix. To understand part of the process read this piece by OffThe Bus contributor Bryan Bissell. The OffTheBus editors sent  him to cover the hostage taking at the Clinton Headquarters in New Hampshire,. About midway through his reflective piece, Bissell writes:
Packs of [...]

Public Journalism Ideals Can Help 2008 Election Coverage

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

When Charlotte Grimes took an in-depth look at Public Journalism back in 1999, she wrote:
The defining event for civic journalism is usually pinned to the 1988 presidential campaign, with its fixation on horse-race polls and focus on Gary Hart’s adultery, George Bush’s visits to flag factories and Willie Horton ads, and Michael Dukakis’ ride in [...]

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