I found the chapter on the move towards public journalism to be very intriguing. Often when the term journalist is mentioned, one envisions someone employed by a newspaper or other media outlet. However, rarely is it considered that one could take up the profession entirely on their own.
This relates directly back to the concept of blogging. A blog is a great platform to pick up this endeavor and pursue the reporting of accurate information and news to the public. The thought here, which is also mentioned in the chapter, is that professional journalists are limited in what they are able to report. For example, perhaps their employer has ties to a certain individual or company, and therefore prohibits their employee from reporting on a certain subject that relates to it. While this is the employer’s way of “covering their own ass” it disables the journalist from fully doing their job.
This is where the idea of public journalism comes into play. Picture the “average Joe” rising to the occasion and taking to the blogosphere to report the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Even if the truth may not be what people want to hear right now. Even if the report will tarnish a particular individual’s or company’s reputation. In my mind, to become a public journalist is to become an activist, fighting against those who are, at this very moment, doing everything in their power to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people.
So what are you waiting for? Get to it.
“Your silence gives consent.” – Plato