Posted by: Frank | April 2, 2019

Frank blogged on April 02, 2019 at 12:53PM

I have been reading Dave Winer’s writing for a long time, and a common theme has been journalism. What I think he has been saying is that news has become a platform., and as such anyone can do it, and those who are employed as journalists need to shift from being gatekeepers to being participants.

The reason why this message is not well received by journalists is obvious, it’s because what they hear is that you don’t have a job. Staying employed is important to these people and you cannot blame them.

When the constitution was written people like Benjamin Franklin viewed journalism as a vocation because frankly the idea of a “job” didn’t really exist. When vocations became professions, a shift in priorities took place, with maintaining employment moving to the top. When journalism transformed to media thanks to corporate consolidation, the move to journalism being all about the money became complete.

The honest question that has been avoided ever since is, is what we have, journalism as media to make profits consistent with the “fourth estate” established by the First Amendment?

from Frank McPherson’s Web Notes

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