No one, by any stretch, would call me a traditional person. I’m of the belief set that in order for society to progress, we need to always be changing. This applies to my life outlook, but more specifically, to my views on journalism. When the media wrongly lead us into the war on Iraq, it was a wake up call. Something needed to give in the way we were doing “traditional media.”
In a time where a whistleblower first goes to an independent journalist, as with Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, it’s a sign that something’s changing and we’re moving away from tradition. There’s no shortage of people arguing to keep doing traditional journalism the same way, just look at how Glenn Greenwald’s credibility has been attacked.
Despite all the non-believers and those clinging desperately to tradition, things are changing. Will Bunch of Alternet uses John Marshall of Talking Points Memo as an example. Marshall was given the highly coveted Polk award in journalism, and that in itself is a sign of the changing times:
But I want to highlight one Polk Award that shows there are emerging models for using the very tool at the root of the turmoil of the news business — the Internet — as a newfangled way to re-invent investigative reporting — by using new techniques that emphasize collaboration over competition and by working with readers and through collective weight of many news sources to expose government misconduct.
It would have seemed incredible a couple of years ago, but a George Polk Award was given to a blogger this year.
I agree with Bunch, and I’m always happy to hear of an independent journalist getting credit where credit is due. As more and more minds change, the mediascape will follow. The Polk award is just the beginning.