"Dan Gillmor: Clearly, journalists should never do these things. (Laughter.) I've been teaching a media class at the University of Hong Kong every fall, and I've been asking them to do weblogs for the past four years. These are mostly professional journalists getting master's degrees. My purpose for them was to remind them that they can be publishers, that they don't need permission. And that's the thing that I like best about weblogging.[...] my readers know more than I do, and that's not threatening, it's actually a great opportunity. It's this constant feedback process through which I find myself learning more about the stuff I write about"
"Lasica: ... To me, the most serious challenge facing newsrooms today is that readers think we're largely irrelevant to their lives."
"Lasica: The more a weblog reads like a traditional newspaper article, the less interesting and relevant it is."
" Blood: The thing I've seen happening that's disturbing to me is I've seen echo chambers being created in the weblog universe. People who link only to people who agree with their point of view."
"Hourihan: A lot of weblogs are created by impassioned amateurs. Initially a lot of weblogs were started by people who knew how to do the tools, people who knew a lot about technology or Web design or HTML standards. And as more people have come aboard, you have all sorts of people ..."
"Lasica. But they're also niche experts in their own fields. A lot of people have told me, 'Why would I want to go to a journalist to get a second-hand report when I can go directly to someone who knows more about a subject because they live it day in and day out?'"
"Hourihan: Besides money? An incredible amount of things have come to me from my weblog. Being written up in The New Yorker, meeting my boyfriend, I get things all the time from my Amazon wish list --"
"Gillmor: It's the same business model as community theater."
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