As a blogger, you need to ask yourself this question: Are you a serious journalist, or just an uneducated poser who is but a pesky thorn in the side of your local Public Information Officer?
At least that seems to be litmus test that Jan Caldwell, Public Affairs Director of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department uses as the benchmark to discern whether you’re a true “Journalist” worthy of her time — or instead merely a uneducated, 800 lb. man hammering away at the keyboard of an Apple computer as you spend your day lounging around in fuzzy slippers pretending to be something your not — a REAL journalist.
During a ‘Grade the Media’ event in San Diego, CA USA put on by the Society of Professional Journalists, Ms. Caldwell gave a shrew-tongued, anti-blogger rant where she tore the concept of “bloggers as journalists” apart, based upon a variety of key performance anchors she apparently uses to assess whether our ilk are REAL journalists or not. These include:
- Having a degree
- Working outside of your home (or at least outside of your bedroom!)
- Attire (fuzzy slippers are definitely a no-no!)
- Professional affiliations and credentials
- Apple (tsk, tsk) vs. PC
Apparently in Ms. Caldwell’s estimation, all bloggers are painted equally with one enormous stroke of her poison-pen paintbrush, regardless of our backgrounds, our ability to investigate and write, and our connection with our audience and the world at large. In other words, she has judged us and found us to be wanting, and we all earn “F’s!”
Snark aside, watch the video excerpt here to judge her demeanor and intent for yourself.
And just remember, Ms. Caldwell, we bloggers, too, are mirrors — ones with a worldwide and instantaneous reach. Our “reflections” are just a ‘share button’ away from turning a tide of REAL reporters, journalists, and moms-with-a-message against a spokesperson who apparently brings serious baggage to the table — not professional dialogue with a network of women (ones who are turning old-school journalism on its head, and maybe jarring a few people off of their sanctimonious pedestals along the way.)
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