Milverton Wallace, one of the pioneers of web journalism in Britain who opened up thinking about new media when he ran the annual NetMedia conference, has been musing on the future of journalism.
He writes about The new Coninthians: How the Web is socialising journalsm, on the Club of Amsterdam website. In his thoughtful article he writes:
Today, this carefully constructed edifice [professionalised journalism] is crumbling as the read/write web blows away the need to be a member of any such club to be able to practise journalism. Arguments about who is or isn’t a journalist is a sideshow, a pre-occupation mostly of self-styled guardians of truth. The inexorable fact is that the genie is out of the bottle and a significant number of “unqualified” people are “doing journalism” without permission from anyone.
Well worth reading.