Saturday, June 29, 2013

The next best thing in journalism



Instead of celebrating mediocre reporting, we should all be striving for the next best thing in journalism

By Brenda Norrell

The old media is sloshing through the mud with their heavy boots on. Well, at least they have each other. 
The old media is bogged down. It has died a natural death of age and decay. It is time for a new journalism to emerge. 
Whistleblowers, raw data, being present on news stories, truth, and the need for the preservation of all species and forms of life are part of it. 
It is time for cyber junkies who copy and paste to give it a rest, and instead to engage in the collective process of this emerging new journalism. 
There's a need for reporters to summon up their courage, and not just in the arena of distracting politics. 
It is time to flee from the archaic forms of journalism that no longer have a place in real news. It is time for journalists who were once independent thinkers, to free themselves from the shackles of the rigid conservatism that has been induced by fear.
Now, instead of celebrating mediocre reporting, we should all be striving for the next best thing in journalism.

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