The National Press Club issued a press release yesterday talking about how Journalists are getting “burned out with new technology”. Like blogs.
For example, Elaine Sciolino, the Paris correspondent for the New York Times, said she now is expected to post to the Web by noon, produce video for the Web, write for the Times-owned International Herald-Tribune, and still write a flawless story for the next day’s Times. “You don’t have a choice,” she said. “If you want to be a journalist today, you just have to work harder and more efficiently. You aim for perfection until your deadline, and then you aim for doneness. You just gut it out.”
Sciolino even went so far as to suggest that this is a national security issue.The real danger for journalism, she says, is so many American news organizations are cutting back on foreign correspondents and international coverage. Few American correspondents are showing up, even for big stories. “The decline in American newspapers is a major national security threat,” she said.
I’ve seen and heard a lot of criticism regarding blogs as news sources, but I believe this is the first time I’ve seen national security raised as an issue (unless you count the Twitter Terrorism theory).
What do you think about Sciolino’s remarks.
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