I’m having a busy week and when that happens, I end up reading a lot more than I end up writing. Two posts in particular have roused that sort of rebellious, energetic journalism rush in me:
First, via the always-rich-with-content @jayrosen_nyu feed, comes the Columbia Journalism Review’s “Take a Stand / How journalism can regain its relevance“:
If ever there were a moment … to embrace a mission more in keeping with the ideals of public service and an adversarial fourth estate, it is now.
Second, NYULocal, the NYU student blog, fires a shot at the student newspaper (Washington Square News) for stealing its content (!). Never mind the Bizarro plot (or the fact that I wouldn’t advise doing this, ever); Local E-I-C “Lily Q” makes some damn fine points in dressing down her print counterparts, including:
Aside from the fact that crediting with a link is common courtesy, we share a lot of readers these days, and realize it would look rather silly if we didn’t acknowledge your existence by linking to stories you’ve scooped us on. This is ethically necessary even if you only get the idea of a story from us, and then proceed to do your own reporting on the subject — it’s intellectual honesty to recognize, in words and links, your inspiration.
I don’t know why; I’m just all charged up after that.