The people formerly known as the audience

The phrase above is attributed to Jay Rosen, a blogger and journalism professor at New York University. I thought it nicely summed up an article written by Katharine Q. Seelye (Answering Back to the News Media, Using the Internet). Subjects of newspaper articles and news boradcasts taping interviews, gathering email exchanges, taking notes on phone conversations…and publishing them on their own web sites or blogs, creating a new world where the audience and sources are publishers.

As far as I know, this has not happened to any of the reporters that work for our various radio news networks. But it will. One of our guys (intended as gender-neutral) will record an interview and pull some “cuts” for the story. The person being interviewed will be recording the interview as well. And they’ll post the full transcript (or the audio) on their website. Not necessarily to question the accuracy of our story, but just to let the public see what we did –and did not– include. Is this “fair” or “okay?” Don’t know. But that’s beside the point. It’s happening.

If is was a hot topic, I’d post the entire interview myself. Unedited. [Thanks, Morris.]

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