By King Kaufman: A few things read, seen and heard in the last day or so.
Beatblogging's Patrick Thornton on how professional journalists can create value when everybody's a journalist. With examples from the Iran story.
DigiDave, aka Dave Cohn, founder of Spot.us, on whether journalism school is worthwhile. He went, as did I. His conclusion is similar to mine: Maybe. Cohn says you don't need to, and that he learned more on the job than at school, but going to school was a great experience that introduced him to people and situations that were hugely influential. Same here. He also warns that J-school programs are in flux as they try to figure out how to deal with the changing landscape.
Follow-up to that item about Clay Shirky's TED Talk: A Q&A with Shirky about Twitter and Iran on Ted.com. "This is it," Shirky says. "The big one. This is the first revolution that has been catapulted onto a global stage and transformed by social media. I've been thinking a lot about the Chicago demonstrations of 1968 where they chanted 'the whole world is watching.' Really, that wasn't true then. But this time it's true."
Shirky wasn't the only one giving prescient talks in the last month. Here's Howard Rheingold revisiting "smartmobs" two weeks ago.
Howard also mentions NBC's Ann Curry pointing out that it's hard to get Americans interested in international news, which anyone in this business can attest to. So what does the seemingly endless hunger for news from Iran this week mean?
NNPA -- the Black Press of America -- columnist and TransAfrica Forum executive director Nicole C. Lee, writing about the death of the newspaper: "As an African American who works on foreign policy as it relates to the African Diaspora, I am not sure what I lose when major newspapers fail." And: "If the newspaper industry in this country wants the American people to fight for their survival then they must do a better job representing the larger community."
On Daily Kos, bhurt points out that the run-up to the Iraq War was hardly a sudden, surprising failure by a newsmedia that had, over decades, "lost my trust."
Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli tells readers, "The line between news and opinion indeed has been blurring, although we continue to believe in that fundamental separation."
Photo: Vanak Square, Tehran, June 16, 2009. (Flickr/Hamed Saber)