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The Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook

Needed now more than ever.

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Oregon: Where Bloggers Aren’t Journalists

I think the creepiest thing about the decision against blogger Crystal Cox, in which a federal judge found she was not subject to shield laws protecting sources, was the definition of “official media outlet,” which excludes the Web in its entirety in the state of Oregon. Dan Gillmor is right: it’s about what journalism is and not about who is practicing it. Not all bloggers are journalists but the most innovative journalism (and, increasingly, the most profitable journalism) is happening in social media and the blogosphere.

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Andy Paras, Social Journalist

Andy Paras, Charleston’s favorite Twitter reporter from the Post & Courier, is now blogging about his use of social media in journalism, and he’s off to a great start. I highly recommend his Google Plus review, for starters. I’m glad he started the blog and look forward to more posts.

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My comm professors would shoot me if I said this on air

The big loser is O.J. What else do I need to say? On the very day his confession-to-murder book comes out, he decides to pull off an armed robbery. Does he want to go to jail? Seems like it.

— John Gibson, The Big Story (FOX News), Friday, Sept. 21

I know Juice isn’t a popular guy, but this is one of the most blatant examples of the media convicting someone before they’ve even been tried. Gibson plays judge, jury, and executioner here, and that is just irresponsible. This is a line I see in my broadcast news textbook that I would have to edit out for ethical reasons. Amazing.