Thursday, April 27, 2006

Amy Gahran on Amateurs and Integrity in Journalism

I thought this was an interesting article.

My attention was particularly captured by Amy Gahran's comment: Here's my favorite quote, and I love it because it's so controversial: "Amateur is not below professional. It's just another way of doing [media]. The root of the word amateur is love, and someone who does something for love is an amateur. Someone who does something to pay the bills is a professional. The amateurs have [more integrity than] the professionals. If you're an amateur you have less conflict of interest and less reason not to tell your truth than if you have to pay the bills and please somebody else."

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