“Bloggers don’t have Baghdad bureaus,” sniffs an editor at the New York Times, whose stocks and readership are in free fall, and have responded by making Bono of U2 an op-ed contributor.
Hear, hear, says smug Canadian journalist over at J-Source. Alas, if only the public were smarter, they would understand how oh so very important we are!
Here’s my comment, currently in moderation:
Just when I thought the “experts” at J-Source couldn’t get any dimmer…
Michael Yon is a blogger who did indeed set up a Baghdad bureau, and relies upon reader donations to do his reporting.
And you mean to tell me you’ve never heard of the blog Iraq The Model, that’s been online since the invasion? Or on the other side of the political spectrum, Salaam Pax?
Oh wait, those are ACTUAL Iraqis doing the on-the-ground blogging, and what do they know? After all, they’re not white liberal j-school grads…
No wonder “real” newspapers are dying — you guys really have no clue what’s going on in your own profession, let alone in the rest of the real world.
UPDATE: Kate writes…
The Canadian Journalism Project gets their ass handed to them by a girl.