As journalism changes, so must you
As the lines separating news and entertainment, opinion and fact, and professional and amateur increasingly blur, every week presents a new chapter in the debate over the definitions of "journalist" and "journalism." Is James O’Keefe, an activist filmmaker, a partisan provocateur or an investigative reporter? Did the National Enquirer’s John Edwards love-child scoop deserve a Pulitzer Prize? What does it mean that the anonymous people who uploaded cellphone video of a young woman dying during protests in Iran won a George Polk Award, one of journalism’s highest honors?
Our culture of news and information has never been richer or more democratic; anyone with an Internet connection can contribute to the public conversation. As a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the Project for Excellence in Journalism makes clear, we have become a nation of news grazers whose "relationship to news is becoming portable, personalized and participatory."