Leonard Witt at the Public Journalism Network posts his instant message interview with us about participatory journalism. Here’s a quick excerpt:
Willis: The democratic myth is the one journalists and editors have said they stand by. However, economic interests compete too much with that. There has to be a business model that let’s you serve the democratic along with your economic good.
Bowman: I mean, isn’t political horse race coverage a good example of what we are talking about here. The networks say “this is what drives ratings,” but the audience is saying “what do these candidates really represent”? Participatory journalism attempts to address the imbalance.