Sunday, October 24, 2004

And I've poached this from Guy Merchant's blog on the rise of blogs as credible sources of news stories and pertinent challenges to mainstream reporting.

US newspaper readers use blogs cautiously

Newspaper readers in the US who follow weblogs say challenging
traditional journalists is a vital new tool that weblogs posess.
Newspaper readers who follow blogs remain cautious as they judge
bloggers' credibility, but they say a willingness to challenge
traditional journalists makes the network of personal sites a vital
newcomer to the media scene. This is the outcome of an online survey by
the Associated Press Managing Editor's National Credibility Roundtables Project. About 1 out of 5 newspaper readers said they also read the
weblogs, according to the survey. Readers who find blogs important, say
the online writers discuss stories mainstream journalists ignore, and
are eager to question the decisions news networks make.

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