When I, and several others, received press credentials from the Democrats to blog from their national convention this summer, many people complained that we weren’t real journalists. That is true. I have not been to J school. Nor do I make any pretense at being a journalist. I tend to think of myself as more of an activist and an op-ed writer.
That said, I have a great respect for the profession of journalism, and I believe that bloggers can learn a lot from journalists. Today, I received a call from a friend who is a retired investigative reporter. She believes that given the current economics of the news industry an insufficient amount of investigative reporting is being done. She would like to see some sort of grassroots fund to support investigative reporting.
As we talked, we came up with another idea: investigative blogging. Many bloggers could learn a lot from investigative reporters, and for that matter, investigative reporters might be able to learn a thing or two from bloggers.
So, here is the plan. We should have a conference, tentatively called Investigative Blogging, aimed at bringing investigative reporters and bloggers together. If you are willing to help organize such an event or have any feedback on it, please contact me.
As a few starting points: When should we have such a conference, and where should it be scheduled?