Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Certifiable Journalist

Frank Catalano writes:

Today, blogs and tweets aren’t consistently trustworthy. And there is no comparable screening process to fall back upon.
A high Google page rank doesn’t mean it’s accurate, only popular.

We’ve entered an environment where there are a lot of free agent journalists, with or without formal experience or training, either starting new ventures or selling their services to the highest bidder, no matter what the medium.

So the time has finally come for an unpopular concept that traditional ink- and makeup- stained wretches have resisted for decades: certifying journalists. Anyone who wants to be one.

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