[video] Did the Internet Kill Journalism?

This is a panel held to discuss the impact that the internet has had on journalism and the role that Hip Hop played in last year’s historic election. Although this is an introductory clip, we will be following with a more complete version in a few days. Stay tuned and get familiar with Hip Hop’s media elite.


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The Loop 21’s roundtable “Journalism in Color”. Erik Parker (SOHH), Elliot Wilson (Rap Radar), Chuck Creekmur (All Hip Hop), Steve Raze (All Hip Hop), Kevin Clark (Giant), Sheryl Huggins (AOL Black Voices), Andreas Hale (BET), Nile Ivey (BET), Charlamagne (radio personality), Blackspot (Global Grind), Jayson Rodriguez (MTV), Chloe Hilliard (Freelance Cultural Journalist).


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How the Internet (and Advertisers) Killed Journalism


via The Atlantic

To give you an idea of the state of journalism today, I probably couldn’t do better than to tell you something about John Crewdson, a big, burly guy just past age 60, with whom I worked when I ran the Washington bureau of the Tribune. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on immigration at The New York Times in 1981, and is one of the premier investigative reporters of his generation.Twenty years ago, Crewdson revealed (in a Tribune article so expansive it merited its own special Sunday section) that it was in fact a French research doctor named Luc Montagnier who had discovered the AIDS virus, rather than a self-promoting American, Dr. Robert Gallo, who had claimed full credit and been showered with media attention. To investigate the piece, Crewdson spent months wading into dense, difficult material, becoming almost as conversant in the science of AIDS as any researcher. (And just this year, Montagnier’s work-and Crewdson’s-was prominently rewarded, when Montaignier instead of Gallo received the Nobel prize for the discovery of the virus.)

Among other great Crewdson pieces was his 1996 series about people dying needlessly of heart attacks on commercial airliners, which resulted in all airlines now carrying defibrillators on board. (If you survive a heart attack at 30,000 feet, thank John.) And more recently, Crewdson dug deep into the Bush administration’s secret “rendition” program, matching tail numbers with FAA records, among other painstaking work, to unearth such disturbing details as the fact that a Boston Red Sox owner had been allowing his Gulfstream jet (sometimes used by the team) to be flown by the government on these covert flights.

Any one of Crewdson’s 15 to 20 major exposés would be the highlight of most journalists’ careers. But this fall, not long after Montagnier learned that he would get his Nobel, John Crewdson got his walking papers, shown the door by new management at the Tribune. A solemn farewell party was held at a Mexican restaurant near the Washington office that he had been given 24 hours to vacate. Continue reading