Thursday, November 11, 2004

Maybe journalists should create their own sites

Via Poynter Online: The cases of John Martinkus and Adam Nagourney illustrate the importance of journalists setting up their own Web sites, writes Sree Sreenivasan, a professor of new media at Columbia University. Martinkus was captured by Iraqi insurgents and later released, reportedly after the kidnappers were able to establish through a Google search that he was a journalist, not a CIA operative. Nagourney, a political reporter with The New York Times, is the victim of a fake blog, which declares that it is his personal diary. According to Sreenivasan, “As a journalist, our identities and our bylines are our most valuable assets. Why leave it to others to define who you are?” He went on to provide several resources for journalists seeking to establish their own Web sites or domain names.

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