Filloux: Economic value lies in original journalism, not live tweeting or blogging

Monday Note
Frederic Filloux continues his exchange with Jeff Jarvis over the importance of articles vs. live news coverage such as tweeting and blogging. It started with Jarvis' post a few weeks ago suggesting that articles are sometimes unnecessary byproducts of the journalism process. In Filloux's latest post, he writes, "As great as they are from a user standpoint, live blogging / tweeting, crowdsourcing and hosting 'experts' blogs bring very little money – if any, to the news organization that operates them." True economic value, he writes, comes from works of original journalism.

Moreover, Filloux contends that "process journalism" can encourage mediocrity: "It’s one thing to acknowledge live reporting or covering developing stories bear the risk of factual errors. But it is another to defend inaccuracies as a journalistic genre." || Related: The news article is breaking up.

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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