Blogs and Journalists: China Correspondence

Rebecca MacKinnon, a research Fellow at Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a co-founder of Global Voices Online, conducted a survey on the relationship between blogs and foreign correspondents around the world who cover China.

The results are interesting and useful. I like the way she elaborated more on the creditability issues. The elaboration are mostly about how dependent the creditability is which seems to me primarily coming from sources, content, context (as usual), and the very important readers’ perceptions and expectations. Thus, the feedbacks brought her to the tentative conclusion that:

“journalists approach blogs as raw sources. Thus asking whether blogs are reliable is just as useless as asking whether people are reliable. Each tipoff or story idea coming from any human source must be judged in a very specific context”.

[via David Weinberger’s Joho the Blog]


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