What's a 'News Gatherer"? a C-SPAN interviewer asked Seattlepi.com's Big Blogger Monica Guzman during the recent Gov 2.0 Summit - repeated yesterday, but filmed last

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'Newsgathering' at P-I: In a Sense, It's Reporting

What's a 'News Gatherer"? a C-SPAN interviewer asked Seattlepi.com's Big Blogger Monica Guzman during the recent Gov 2.0 Summit - repeated yesterday, but filmed last month in D.C. NG's are what the online P-I calls its former reporters and editors, apparently because they are no longer just reporters and editors, but something else. Guzman (starting at 05:15 on the clip), explains it thusly: "I think to me, what the term reflects is that we not only report but moderate conversations about news. We go out and we engage with other media and we aggregate whatever other media are saying, so in a sense it's reporting, sure, but with so many new elements that you almost want to give it a new name." As for investigative reporting, marginalized in many newspapers due to staff and financial cuts, she suggests what might be called investigative newsgathering - with the I-Team comprised of everyone. "My take on that is, is that it's not all being lost...if you can empower your readers to be their own investigative reporters, maybe that's better, maybe that's the thing, you know, than one guy in a suit stuck in a third-floor office who has three months to write a story. So I think there's a give and take here, and in the end we're all going to benefit from the fact that everything is one big swirling conversation that never ends."

 
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