Blogging, Journalism & Credibility: Battleground and Common Ground, (January, 2005), Rebecca MacKinnon, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society (Harvard Law School) Fellow

“Blogging, Journalism, and Credibility: Battleground and Common Ground” was a conference held in late January, 2005, at Harvard, at which a group of 50 journalists, bloggers, news executives, media scholars, and librarians sat down to try and make sense of the new emerging media environment. We are entering a new era in which professionals have lost control over information, not just the reporting of it, but also the framing of what’s important for the public to know. To what extent have blogs chipped away at the credibility of mainstream media? Is credibility a zero-sum game . in which credibility gained by blogs is lost by mainstream media and vice versa? Conference participants believed the answer, ultimately, is no. Bloggers and professional journalists alike share a common goal: a better informed public and a stronger democracy. So now what?