So this week I was on a panel during a conference here in New York that dealt with how technology has changed the way news is gathered and consumed. An interesting topic and one I can speak to pretty easily and at length.
Joining me at this session was the person who runs the My Fox 5 (NYC) website, an editor from the Long Island Business Journal and the founder of a local web-based broadcast site that specializes in hyper-local coverage.
So, during this session, there were some typical cheap shots at big media-we ignore local news, we are unresponsive etc. I can debunk most of that, but chose not to, since I really wanted to keep focused on all of the cool ways we are able to use social media, mobile phones and other emerging products to re-shape the business.
Then from the gentleman who runs the hyper-local website–journalists should not blog.
His rationale is that blogs are too open a forum, and journalists will share their opinion and thus compromise their future coverage.
This one I did not leave be. I actually cross-examined him during the panel.
They are not biased in what they share. They show insight gained by being a member of the media. And I think these are effective blogs.