- how do bloggers conceive themselves (as bloggers, as journalists, as both) vs. how are they labeled?
- new media don’t succeed if they are better at something old media are already good at, but if they are good at things where old media fail
- holy wars (bloggers: journalists don’t get it, are corrupted, betray democracy,…; journalists: bloggers don’t get it, are uninformed, betray democracy,…) vs. what can bloggers and journalists learn from each other.
- journalists can learn from bloggers: blur the personal and the professional (everyone has a position anyway so why not put it on the table); vitality; conversation with readers; being humble (they don’t know everything, bloggers correct, put in perspective,…)
- bloggers can learn from journalists: value of legwork; nature of accountability; editing is a good thing; being humble (don’t know everything either)
- feeling that media don’t represent the people anymore (are stuck in their business situation, ass kissing the sponsors,…)
- bloggers cover local news, micro-stories, establish a local expertise,.. and it’s on the record
- blogging is no zero sum game for journalism (if bloggers gain, they loose)
- traditional journalist career: cover hard facts (reporter) – analyse – finally: have a opinion; blogger denaturalize this.
- insularity of journalism (don’t pass on sources, don’t link outside,…) vs. the linking factory of the web, where more is better, because it allows to form your own opinion.