Today’s watchdog blog roundup

What others are saying about watchdog journalism:

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  • Huffington Post: Richard Sine asks, what’s the point of going to journalism school? “Journalism is not a profession like engineering, medicine or even law. You can pick up most media skills on the job, or with a few hours of instruction. If you screw up, nobody dies.” One commenter responds: “Richard, I have one word for you: ‘Iraq.’”
  • Some patterns in the chaos: An essay about the future of journalism by Philip Meyer, the father of computer-assisted reporting.
  • Editor & Publisher: “A Hearst-wide investigative project that includes participation from seven of the chain’s newspapers as well as many of its television stations is set to be published in less than two weeks.” (Hearst owns the San Antonio Express-News, where I work.)
  • Wired: Dual perspectives by Douglas Wolk and Glenn Fleishman about how journalism is changing, and how the media can save itself.
  • Google: The Internet giant responds to European publishers who issued a statement saying: “Universal access to websites does not necessarily mean access at no cost.” Google says if publishers don’t want Web traffic from Google, the solution is simple: Edit a simple text file to stop Google from crawling their Web sites.
  • Still a Newspaperman: Steven Smith laments how the journalism industry is losing thousands of bright young reporters. “What we have lost is unknowable potential. We can never know how that potential might have made journalism stronger.”
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