Journalists are Webified

A lot of people apparently never got the word that the blog-vs.-journalism debate was over. I’m reading more commentaries by journalists now than I was before the end of the issue was proclaimed. The latest comes from Slate editor-at-large Jack Shafer, published in today’s National Post. Shafer has no issue with bloggers, only the notion that somehow they represent the end of traditional journalism.

Shafer notes that all new media are additive. Radio didn’t kill newspapers and television didn’t spell the end of radio. The only news delivery channel that hasn’t survived is the movie theater newsreel, he writes. Further, he adds,… Read More »

Is NIRI membership a prerequisite for US communicators?

Andy Lark just suggested that communicators in the US need to join NIRI (the National Investor Relations Institute) and take SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) training, because communicators representing public companies are subject to laws bloggers are not. Question: Do communicators need to join an investor relations association or do communications associations like IABC need to provide communications-specific SOX training?

The Hobson and Holtz Report—Jeremy Wright interview

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Welcome to a the second Special Edition of the Hobson & Holtz Report, a 30-minute conversation with Jeremy Wright recorded live at the New Communications Forum 2005 in Napa, California, USA, on January 27, 2005.

Jeremy WrightA high-profile business blogger, Jeremy authors the Ensight blog and is now focused on building his new venture, Inside Blogging. He gained signficant blogosphere and media attention in recent months related to his being auctioned on eBay, being fired by his employer for blogging and his plans for starting a book on business blogging. In this show, listen to Jeremy’s thoughts and views about his book, his new venture (with… Read More »

Measuring conversations

Andy Lark, part of a panel taking place now at the New Communications Forum, suggests there is a massive opportunity for the PR profession: developing the standards and means for evaluating the conversations taking place online. The traditional focus group approach to assessing opinions is inadequate, Lark says, and a metrics-based approach to analyzing the discussions in the online community as they relate to companies, products, services, and issues is sorely needed.

Blog will explore anti-American sentiment

Immediately after September 11, most of the world reached out to the US in sympathy and friendship. Since then, relationships have eroded and around the world people have increasingly come to hate America. Graduate students at UC Berkeley are launching a blog to explore the phenomenon. The blog, to be launched in the next few weeks, will encourage conversations with people from around the world on their anti-American sentiments. More interesting, though, is the intent for the blog to serve as a forum for the collection and analysis of data. According to the Daily Online Californian,

The project has already drawn the attention of other…

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Reopening the blog/journalism chasm

If the blog-journalism war is over (or was stupid to begin with), nobody told Nick Coleman. The columnist from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has launched an outright war against bloggers, warning other journalists that nothing good can come from blogging and that they need to be aware of blogs and prepared to fire back at blog posts.

Coleman’s comments—and the story of how he came to his conclusions—are covered in a story on today’s Editor & Publisher.

“Editors and writers in mainstream media are very naive,” he says. “Readership and power of the blogs is increasing.” He also claims that the blogs are dangerous because they are not…

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