Is the Internet hurting journalistic values?
Clark Hoyt, the public editor of The New York Times, has written two columns in a row about the 24-hour news cycle and the impact of the Internet on journalists. In his Feb. 8 column, Hoyt asks if the Internet is undermining the values of print journalism. He describes how the rush to be first may have affected the story of Caroline Kennedy stepping down from the U.S. Senate race in New York. In this week’s column, Hoyt quotes Web editors who provide a somewhat different view.
Read both columns and tell me what you think. Is the Internet to blame for the problems in the Caroline Kennedy story? What could the New York Times have done differently? Do the advantages of the Internet outweigh the negatives? Is there a lesson for editors in these columns?
Post your thoughtful answers to the comments section by the start of class on Thursday, Feb. 19.