Here’s a big downside to community bloggers

The Tallahassee Democrat and other newspapers are risking Jayson Blair-like scandals as they publish blogs and news stories by “citizen journalists” who haven’t been properly vetted, Mother Jones magazine says. A story of a community blogger shilling for Wal-Mart without disclosing her financial ties to the controversial retailer.

[Image: this morning’s Democrat, Newseum]

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One Response to “Here’s a big downside to community bloggers”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Yup. This is Gannett’s way of “increasing” local content on the cheap, but Tallahassee has a pretty sophisticated readership. Since leaving the paper a year ago, I have yet to hear any Joe or Jane Reader express excitement or even interest in these blogs. Seems to me that the risk far outweighs the benefit.

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