Moulitsas speaks about the future of journalism
April 8, 2009 8:46 AM
In his presentation at SF State on Monday, April 6, 2009 Markos Moulitsas founder of Daily Kos spoke to students about the future of journalism and where it might be heading.
Moulitsas believes that in order to be successful journalist we need to allow people to help tell stories because they have valuable information to contribute. Once journalists can recognize that people really understand their own communities then they become part of this collaborative media world.
"We're seeing right now as media operations are starting to go online that we are providing information for people but we also want to give people a say in this information. We want to allow them to participate in that media and not presume to be the experts or to know it all but to recognize that there are people out there that really understand the world around them," Moulitsas said.
While working at a web development company in 2002, Moulitsas started a blog called Daily Kos "by accident" as a means to vent about politics and the media. What started out as a simple blog eventually evolved into a site where people not only discussed the issues at hand but put some issues on the table.
Through the site Moulitsas found that there is a high demand for people to be engaged in topics that not only affected their communities but issues in the world. He found that people didn't just want get information they also wanted to participate in gathering information and educating others.
"Out of laziness I kept the function that allowed the community to create their own blogs within the Daily Kos. But I found that people wanted to be engaged at a higher level it wasn't just a question of responding or agreeing or debating with me specifically but they had their own issues they wanted to talk about," Moulitsas said.
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