I’m hoping the video of my presentation makes it up online, but in the meantime, a few thoughts:
The journalists vs bloggers debate has never been about a new approach to journalism. The debate around user-generated, transparent, co-creative and activist forms of journalism has existed as long as journalism has existed. The rise of blogging and social media has simply allowed the minority tradition of journalism to come to the fore.
Investigative journalism – while a very valuable form of journalism, and one we need more of – is a very minor part of journalism as it exists, and an over-focus on investigative journalism as the dominant form of journalism obscures vast bodies of journalistic output.
Social media is not just about the new; it is about making sense of the new by sharing, documenting and archiving the historical.