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Gatekeepers No More? The Grassroots Challenges the Journalist Priesthood
Dan Gillmor, Center for Citizen Media
Jeff Jarvis, Advance.net
Jay Rosen, NYU

Date: Monday, February 09
Time: 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Location: California Ballroom C

Professional journalists have been the chief gatekeepers of news about political campaigns and governmental operations. That's changing, fast, as the Internet and other technical tools open up a variety of avenues for other participants in the information process. Campaign blogs are only one such avenue. MoveOn.org's invitation to the public to come up with anti-Bush advertisements showed the way toward a democratization of opinion-making. The Dean campaign invited bloggers -- even those who don't support Dean -- to join an uber-blog about Iowa's caucuses, and created an RSS feed to make it easier to track the flood of data. This session explores technology's impact on the media's role in the political process.

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