Who is a journalist?

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Journalism Studies, 2008, 9 (1), pp. 117 - 124
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As part of the first-ever World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC), attracting 440 journalism and mass communication educators and professionals from 44 countries, and held in Singapore on June 2628, 2007, panelists Alan Knight, Cherian George, and Alex Gerlis presented a lively debate on Who Is a Journalist. Knight argued that Journalism paradigms are in transition. Bloggers are providing competition through their often eye-witness reports. Quality blogs are influencing journalism practices. Knight argued that journalists must adapt to and embrace the Internet. Gerlis proposed that when we now ask Who Is a Journalist, the answer is no longer anyone who is employed as journalist. The answer is that potentially, anyone and everyone can be a journalist. George warns again uncritically invoking professional standards as the dividing line that separates journalists from non-journalists
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