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Monday, April 11, 2005

Who Needs Journalists?

The New York Post tells the story of an amateur scooping all the professional journalists. Link.
A FOURTH-grader at Hancock Park Elementary School in Los Angeles was able to do what no seasoned journalist has in recent weeks — score an exclusive interview with Britney Spears on the state of her marriage to Kevin Federline. When 10-year-old Veronica You read that the pop star was staying at the L'Merigot Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., a few weeks ago, she slipped a note under Spears' door asking for an interview for her school paper — and Spears herself called, telling the tyke to "ask anything you want." Among her revelations, Britney told her that the best thing about her marriage to Federline was "just having somebody that always has your back no matter what. No matter what goes wrong, somebody is there for you." Although Spears wouldn't confirm if she was pregnant, she did say she wanted a baby soon — and didn't care if it was a boy or a girl. Young You told PAGE SIX that Spears was "super sweet" and when her cellphone accidentally cut out, the star even called right back and apologized.

As I read this, I thought about a panel discussion I watched recently on C-Span about who is a journalist. More specifically, it was addressing "Are bloggers journalists?" There is a symbiotic relationship between the MSM and the blogs. I could not have created this blog without newspapers to link to. On the other hand, bloggers supply the papers with free fact checking. It doesn't matter what you call someone who distributes and comments on news, as long as readers can learn to trust their sources of news.

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