bloggers v. journalists
Jessica's Well sets off a debate (intentionally) by asking for comments on this:
Resolved: This House (OK, this Blog) believes that the collective knowledge of the blogosphere is greater than the collective knowledge of professional journalists regardless of the subject.
We seek our knowledge out. There's is handed to them at story meetings. We fact check each other. They don't. We have a passion for our subjects that many professional journalists lack. We have each other to rely on for knowledge, as well. Want to write something about the Iranian earthquake? Read a few Iranian blogs. I certainly didn't know nearly as much about the city of Bam than I do now - simply by reading and following links on other blogs.
We are far more knowledgeable because our database (each other) is nearly bottomless.
Head for her comments and add your two (or ten) cents. I think I'll expand on these thoughts later.