Technology has changed news gathering as much as it has the way we interact. Blogs spread news faster than newspapers and television; journalists no longer have exclusive access to mass-communication; the role of the "professional" is being diluted.
A while ago I wondered why people still buy newspapers. Ignoring the form-factor issues, what was the point I thought? They're outdated before they hit the shelves, cost more money and are frankly limited in their scope and content. Then I realised, ignoring stereotypes ("Daily Mail Reader" "Liberal Guardian Reader") it's about opinion and analysis. BBC News has been better at this recently, but is still pretty bland in the majority. Mind you, it's dangerous to have an opinion these days.
So, where does this leave us? The role of the "journalist" is to be the analys - more about taking delivery of material, quality control, then publishing the best. Acting as an intelligent filter rather than instigator.
And while people still agree to conditions like this - who can blame them:
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