Posts Tagged ‘TBD Community Network’

My favorite team of my journalism career is breaking up.

Again and again, I have been blessed to work with extraordinarily talented and friendly colleagues. But I have enjoyed working with the TBD community engagement team more than any team in my career. And I have enjoyed the larger collection of TBD colleagues more than I have enjoyed co-workers anywhere. (more…)


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Craig Silverman of Regret the Error is leading a workshop for TBD Community Network members (and staff and anyone else in the Washington area who’s interested) this evening at American University’s School of Communication. As supplemental reading for those attending the workshop, I’m posting this handout updated I developed for my Accuracy First workshop when I was presenting ethics seminars for the American Press Institute (updated somewhat). The original version of this handout was initially posted on the No Train, No Gain website.

While this handout is geared to journalists, we encourage all members of the network to follow these practices and those Craig teaches, regardless of whether they consider themselves journalists. Anyone providing information to the public should seek to ensure accuracy to maintain credibility.

In pursuit of excellence, journalists seek to develop lots of sophisticated skills, such as investigative reporting, narrative writing, social media and video. Accuracy isn’t as glamorous as those skills but without accuracy, they become worthless. Accuracy is the foundation upon which journalists must build all other skills. Ensuring accuracy involves several steps: (more…)

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A member of the TBD Community Network recently emailed me with this subject line: “Yikes! Patch is moving in on my territory.”

Hundreds of local bloggers, news sites and newspapers are no doubt having the same reaction. Patch, the local news project of AOL, has launched nine sites recently in the Washington area: Wheaton (the site that first reported the police search Thursday of a home where they believe James J. Lee lived), College Park, Hyattsville, Riverdale Park, Silver Spring and Takoma Park in Maryland and Burke, Reston and Woodbridge in Virginia.

By the end of the year, Patch plans to launch sites in 500 communities in more than 20 states. The main Patch website lists about 20 more in Maryland and Virginia and one in Georgetown, but Patch’s Beth Lawton tweets that the the Baltimore and Washington areas combined will have about 75 Patches total.

What’s the small local blogger to do? “I’m trying to build page views and won’t be able to compete against a major corporation,” our network member wrote. “What do you think I should do differently?” (more…)

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For academics studying whether “citizen journalism” is going to “replace” traditional journalism, let me save you some time: It won’t. It’s not trying to. It shouldn’t.

Journalism is not, never has been and should not become a zero-sum game.

A study by a team of five university researchers showed a fairly common old-media bias in comparing citizen media sites to traditional media in 46 metro areas. The title of a report on the study by Missouri School of Journalism researchers Margaret Duffy, Esther Thorson and Mi Jahng describes the flawed premise: “Comparing Legacy News Sites with Citizen News and Blog Sites: Where’s the Best Journalism?(more…)

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