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Date: 1/21/2005

Harvard Blog Conf: Gloves coming off

Journalists take off the gloves and start punching now that computer guy, will find the name, compares them to mainframe computer people.
NYTimes Jill Abramson takes the bait first and never gives up.
MSNBC’s (Rick Kaplan? Jon Bonne?) says that there is a blog associated with every MSNBC show. He loves them bloggers. But who will assure quality and, of course the title of the conference, credibility. Decries that mistakes are seen as willful in news these days in the eyes of citizens. MSNBC ran 19,000 citizen-shot videos about the tsuinami. Says that commentators, like Scarboro, are not fact checked?!?
Jimmy Wales holds up wikipedia as an example of a success. He holds that wikipedia is better than old school pedias. That gets the old school journalists all jazzed up. In particular, NYTime-sters. He says that IBM survived the end of the mainframe. So NYTimes can too — if they are willing to change.
Voice I don’t recognize says that cable news has moved from new to commentary — for cheapness.
Powerline John Hinderaker talks about the power of links as a source of trust and of access to more data etc.

Harvard Blog Conf after lunch

Discussion of how institutional journalist can take the “good” parts of blogging and keep the basic values of journalism that have developed over time. Bill Mitchell of Poynter is talking about his paper on “Earn Your Own Trust, Roll Your Own Ethics: Transparency and Beyond.”. (Bob Steele helped on this paper).
Librarians are getting a nod along with journalists and bloggers.
Transparency being discussed and nuanced.
Karen Schneider, FreeRangeLibrarian, is speaking for librarians and is saying that she represents the end of the information transaction. The user end. Tales of rural internet connectivity. She has been live blogging the conference at FreeRangeLibrarian.

Harvard Blog Conf more on Rosen

Since 2002, the majority of New York Times readers are online readers. While members of the NYTimes staff see themselves as putting out a traditional paper newspaper, the readers are now world-wide and online. When will the staff get the clue.

600 blogs are on the Harvard/Berkman Center since they set up free blogs there.

Dave Winer is up allegedly responding to Rosen with a highly romantic version of what a blogger is.

Bob Giles of the Neiman Foundation praises Ed Cone and the News and Record

Harvard Blog Conf is streaming now

Listening in on Jay Rosen of Pressthink doing his presentation/paper/talk on “Bloggers v Journalists is Over” now at the Conference webcast. Almost like he’s reading Dan Gillmor’s book to us. Looking for new ideas. None so far.

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