Watchdog blog roundup for 10-21-09

Watchdog blog roundup for 10-21-09

Close-up of a centuries-old handpress

What others are saying about watchdog journalism:

  • The Indie Reader: John Douglas Marshall examines the difficulties faced by out-of-work journalists who are trying to reinvent themselves on the Internet. “Even some of the more well-known journalistic presences on the Web are not making a living wage for their efforts there, especially those in arts journalism.”
  • The New York Times: Remember Ramparts magazine? You should. Jack Shafer reviews “A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America,” by Peter Richardson.
  • What Matters: ProPublica is an investigative Web site. But Paul Steiger, its editor-in-chief, is a critic of the fast-paced nature of the Internet, where the truth sometimes gets lost.
  • Clay Shirky: Shirky performs a news biopsy of his local paper. How much was the “iron core” of real news, and how much was fluff?