Thursday, July 08, 2004

Allbritton back in Iraq

Christopher Allbritton is the reporter that was funded entirely by bloggers and blog readers to go to Iraq and blog there. Now he's gone back to Iraq but this time, he both blogs and writes for Time magazine and New York Daily News. For this reason, he's been accused of "selling out". I don't agree however with his critics.

An interesting quote by Allbritton from the article on this in OJR: "Blogs are an addition to mainstream journalism, providing opinion, perspective and possibly even fact-checking. They're NOT a substitution. They should not be, and I hope they don't become one. The media ecosystem needs newspapers of records and crazy bloggers both. Remember, the goal is an enlightened public, and if blogs help in that regard, then they should be celebrated. But if they don't, then they're no better than an annoying pamphleteer."

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