Where Are The Journalists?

So I went to Google News today and saw an atrocious article from a website called Gather.com. I’m not even going to link to it on my blog.

Gather.com says it’s run by “hundreds of freelance writers.” But the bylines of articles actually lead to profiles of “members.”  Businessweek even calls it a “social-networking site.”

So I’m assuming most of Gather.com’s writers aren’t journalists. If not, then what business do they have running a news publication? And if Gather.com is not a news publication, then why did Google News show it to me?

I was told I should be logging on to online news portals like Google News. But if that’s the stuff they show me, I think I’ll just stick to the New York Times, a real newspaper.

References:

http://www.gather.com/about.jsp

http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2006-10-26/gather-dot-com-social-networking-grows-upbusinessweek-business-news-stock-market-and-financial-advice

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About newsskeptic

I’ve been a reporter for over 19 years; Traveled to some places, worked with some great people and broke some great stories. But over the 19 years, I’ve also watched the commoditization of news and the slow, steady degradation of journalism. What used to be quality journalism has now turned into machinery, with questionable practices and agendas. In a lot of news organizations nowadays, I don’t even think it’s journalists that run the show anymore. I hope to shed some light on these issues with this blog. I invite any and all like-minded individuals to join me in this endeavor.

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