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<![CDATA[editorsweblog.org: Craigslist to adopt citizens journalism?: Here’s something to watch from SiliconBeat. Craig Newmark, founder of the classifieds sight, craigslist, has recently stated that he the citizens journalism movement appeals greatly to him and that there is a possibility that his sight will eventually branch out into this evolving medium. Newmark goes on to point […]

<![CDATA[editorsweblog.org: Craigslist to adopt citizens journalism?:

Here’s something to watch from SiliconBeat. Craig Newmark, founder of the classifieds sight, craigslist, has recently stated that he the citizens journalism movement appeals greatly to him and that there is a possibility that his sight will eventually branch out into this evolving medium.

Newmark goes on to point to the White House as a focal point of news coverage that needs “fixing.” Here’s my little story, which I’ve told before, about that…. When I was running ON24’s news operation, we were the first “webcast” news network invited to be part of the traveling press with a U.S. president, so me and one of our cameramen when along on a three-day trip with President Clinton. It was pretty dull, though the man himself is a force of nature. We stood with the rest of the press behind ropes and never got within 30 feet of Clinton, though once I was offered the chance to have Clinton walk real close by an aide who wanted to impress us with how much “access” we got.
I told the aide that when the president could be covered by a camera that walked with him throughout the day, albeit one that may be turned off for sensitive national security conversations, we’d be back, but until then I didn’t think the people needed more long shots of a president waving. They didn’t call me back or send any more invitations to travel with the president, but we didn’t want them, anyway. Serious news is based on being up close, asking questions when they are not necessarily the time the subject wants those questions asked. People need the press to be rude, in the sense that it should not arrive with canned questions, be content to have no follow-up questions, and happy to get footage of distant figures engaged in the people’s business.]]>