Thanks to the web, journalism is now something you do — not something you are
By Mathew Ingram
AReporter’s notebookphoto: sskennel
Summary:The fact that it is more difficult than ever to decide who qualifies as a “journalist” may make for a confusing media landscape, and it may trouble some professional journalists and media outlets, but in the long run we are better off.tweet this
There’s been a lot of debate lately over the question of who qualifies as a journalist — an issue most recently flagged by the public editor of the New York Times, after the paper referred to a reporter as an “activist” rather than a journalist. The same charge has been levelled at Glenn Greenwald based on his reporting about former CIA staffer Edward Snowden, with some accusing the Guardian writer of being an advocate rather than a journalist.
So who should qualify as a journalist? This is the wrong question.
As NYT public editor Margaret Sullivan notes in her post, there has been an attempt by many traditional media outlets — including the New York Times itself — to slot Greenwald as a “blogger,” and therefore somehow less worthy of respect or credibility or legal protection than a journalist would be.
Journalism professor Jay Rosen mentioned the same thing in a recent post, arguing that critics like “Meet The Press” host David Gregory have been trying to “read Greenwald out” of the journalistic fraternity.
- Howard Kurtz And CNN Panel Shred David Gregory Over Greenwald Interview: ‘Outright Unfairness’ (mediaite.com)
- Why Glenn Greenwald Drives The Media Crazy (forbes.com)
- Glenn Greenwald: Exposing the Rot (rinf.com)
- Speaking on NSA stories, Snowden and journalism | Glenn Greenwald (guardian.co.uk)
- There are no journalists (buzzmachine.com)