Xeni Jardin reports in a Wired article that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that “Web loggers, website operators and e-mail list editors can’t be held responsible for libel for information they republish, extending crucial First Amendment protections to do-it-yourself online publishers.” That may give editors and reports more impetus to explore blogging and help to legitimize it in their eyes, too.
In his latest column, Steve Outing suggests that, in this post-Jayson Blair era, newspapers expose the inner workings of a news story’s life online, showing everyone who has touched the story from the reporter through the copy editor, desk editor, etc, etc. It’s an interesting idea, but I’m not sure how practical it is, and I KNOW that most editors won’t like the concept.
Continue reading Piercing the editorial veil
How Weblogs Keep the Media Honest (washingtonpost.com) is an interesting take on how old media companies are getting down and dirty in the whole journalism vs. weblogs thing.