Friday, February 27, 2009

Warner urges journalists to take lead in migration to blogosphere

Journalists need to be leaders, not followers, in an industry where new media is leaving newspapers behind, where blogs and citizen journalism are making headway.

That’s the advice of Fara Warner, a journalist with 20 years’ experience as a reporter who now is a visiting professor at the University of Michigan’s Department of Communication. She spoke to five classes at the School of Journalism Monday and Tuesday as well as addressed the Bloomington Press Club.

Warner, who reported for The Wall Street Journal, among others, said the blogosphere needs trained professionals. While many blogs started out as “rants and raves,” they now are turning to reporters to create fact-checked, transparent news reports.

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