Online News According to Peter Shankman - Page 2
Peter: Well, not particularly blogging. There will always be people who keep online diaries and journals and that type of thing. You could say that the people who hung out in chat rooms were the original speakers and bloggers. If I were to say that we were the granddaddies of anything, it would have to be online news and reporting just in terms of the kind of things that we did there. We did some really amazing things. To see what it has become now where everyone and their mother is an online journalist, people’s ability to self-publish and citizen journalism – it’s pretty amazing to see how fast it all happened.
Bryan: As you know, the passing of an era is on the horizon – Newsweek just published its last print issue at the end of 2012. Newsweek will be an online only publication. Online publication journalists are often confused for being bloggers. Do you think that there is a distinctive difference between a blogger and a journalist?
Peter: I think that for the next 20 years there still will be. The Huffington Post and The New York Times each have “blog only” sections. Both HuffPo and the Times subscribe to the Associated Press. In the blog only sections, both have news where the stories might not be that fact checked. That’s really one of the things that I consider a difference. Bloomberg started a motto; “Get it up first, get it right second.” At the end of the day, I’m going to trust something that has been confirmed by multiple sources; whether it’s from The New York Times or from a guy on his blog.
Bryan: Totally solid point.
Peter: Think about it, if TMZ hadn’t been right about Michael Jackson then they would be gone right now. They had the news of Michael Jackson’s death, hours before anyone else did and hours before it was even confirmed.
Bryan: Again, Newsweek has gone online only. Bloggers are becoming journalists and vice versa and writers are being paid less and less as a result of these changes. The industry is in a state of flux and everyone is confused on how to monetize their careers online. What are your predictions for things to come in the world of online news?Continued on the next page