OJR looks back at 2003 and asks “What do you think were the most important developments related to online journalism (media, video, blogging, etc.) in the past year?” The most cited is the use of Weblogs in reporting. Jeff Jarvis says:
“Watch Weblogs and citizens’ media bring freedom of expression and democracy to other lands next year. Whether in a small town in Iran or Iraq or America, citizens’ media means that anyone can now own a printing press and has the power that goes with it. That will revolutionize news, media, politics, government, and marketing.”
2004 is going to be such an interesting year in this field. It’s still so cool to be out in front of it, to have at least some functional understanding of what this all means. I really think that with the crush of the election coming near, we’re going to see the Weblog envelope pushed in ways we haven’t yet seen, and that we’ll be in much different company by the end of the year.