July 04, 2005

Some Sparkles from the Fourth

 It's the journalism that matters: That's what John Robinson, editor fo the News-Record in Greensboro, a paper that's doing all it can to catch new readers with news forms of journalism, says about on a story in the New York Times yesterday about Greensboro's efforts. Writes Robinson (emphasis added):

"Yes, we're blogging. podcasting and soliciting citizen submissions to reconnect with readers. But the overriding reason we're barging into the form is to extend the ability to break news, spur civic engagement, to help readers, to be a watchdog. Pretty much what we're trying to do in the newspaper."

Robinson then quotes the Elements of Journalsm. Read it. [Read: There's Nothing Left but the Journalism.]

 J-Log offers a media Declaration of Independence. Among its "self-evident" truths:

"That the citizens are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these a free and independent press concerned first and foremost with them."

 "Newspapers are cockroaches": That's the lede on the this not going to pay a lot of bills."

(Thanks to Steve Yelvington.)

 Dan Gillmor introduces "honor tags," which can be used to "help readers find content they can trust." Here's the definition for

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Posted by Tim Porter at July 4, 2005 07:04 AM