In advance of BloggerCon, Jay Rosen has posted a 1,300-word essay, some questions and some comments on it all on the subject of journalism that’s well worth taking the time to read.

Some quotes:

“If printers and postmasters, who didn’t set out to be journalists, can wind up as such, then in any era we should think it possible for people to wind up doing journalism because they find it a logical, practical, meaningful, democratic, and worthwhile activity.”

” ‘Now everyone can be a journalist’ may be too idealistic, or just hype. But it speaks to a verifiable fact: barriers to entry have come way down in Web publishing. Monopolies of knowledge are being ended here and there. And there are in fact more citizen journalists out there today who do have their own printing press and perhaps a public too.”

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