Process Journalism

Friday, June 12, 2009


No news site dominates quite like TechCrunch, a network of websites and blogs that has basically buried all other outlets, online and off, in coverage of technology and tech enterprise. But success has bred scrutiny, including a recent New York Times piece that questioned TechCrunch’s approach to journalism. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington explains his reporting process.

Comments [2]

Matt W. from Arlington, Virginia

Great interview. I find it very interesting how the norms and ethics of the journalistic profession can be used to keep competitors with the best sources from contributing to journalism writ large. Great segment about the professions attempts to exclude those who play by the rule that that getting the best information out to the public is the gold standard. I just hope that this route into journalism can be preserved and broadened in the new media environment. If not then journalism school will start to look more and more like law school. What is next a bar exam for "journalists"?

Jun. 15 2009 06:13 PM
Ron Evett from Holliston, MA

The interview with the Tech Crunch guy was very amusing. First he gloated about passing Google rumors, considering it "confirmed" if more than one person heard the rumor. Then, a mere 2 minutes and 9 seconds later, he expressed his great concern about stories about public companies because "stock manipulation is a concern." Perhaps he thought we wouldn't realize that Google is a public company. Perhaps he hoped we would get amnesia about his earlier gloat during the 2 minutes and 9 seconds. Perhaps he just has no ethics, which would just get in the way of a good gig.

Jun. 14 2009 03:52 PM

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