No More Journalists

On October 10th I am one of the speakers at a trade conference on (new) media policy for people in the industry in Bussum, The Netherlands.

Interestingly, the organization profiled my talk as dealing with the question whether weblogs will make journalists obsolete... Which is a rather unfortunate description as I've argued repeatedly that in today's "redactional" society everyone is a journalist - even though not everyone is acting journalistically for the same two competing goals professional journalists have: making money (by selling audiences to advertisers), and providing a public service.

It is this permanent paradox in the professional identity of journalists that today gets confounded by a second conundrum: the challenge to provide an audience "all the news that's fit to print" next to dissolving the distinction between media producer and consumer by offering a platform for people to gather, select and exchange their own news.

If anything, what weblogs 'do' is making us aware of the new differentiations adding complexity to what it means to work in the media industry: between commerce and creative autonomy, and between content and connectivity...