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September 04 2011


Arrington, Blodget, WikiLeaks, Irene - but is it journalism?

Buzzmachine :: Four incidents of late challenge the very notion of journalism. Michael Arrington, Henry Blodget, Wikileaks, and TV’s Irene coverage each in their own way raise the question: What is journalism? And does it matter?

Journalism is not defined by who does it and who does it does not define journalism.

Jeff Jarvis: "I define it broadly — some would say too broadly, but I am always afraid my umbrella is not broad enough. I say that journalism helps a community organize its knowledge so it can better organize itself. I say that a community can now share its information without us, so we journalists must ask how we add value to that exchange. I use Andy Carvin as a model of adding value through vetting, questioning, challenging, and giving context and attention to the end-to-end, witness-to-world flow that already goes on without him. But he violates plenty of rules, passing on information before it is known to be true — so we can get closer to what is true.

Jeff Jarvis: What is journalism, really? Does it matter?

Continue to read Jeff Jarvis, www.buzzmachine.com

August 28 2011


Henry Blodget says AllThingsD's Kara Swisher helped Groupon violate SEC quiet period

BetaBeat :: Henry Blodget is a tech blogger at Business Insider. He pointed out what he saw as a suspicious series of events. Groupon, which has filed for an IPO, has been taking a lot of heat from both the press and the SEC over its unique accounting methods. Because of the SEC’s “quiet period”, which prohibits companies who have filed for IPO from promoting themselves, Groupon cannot defend itself publicly.

[Henry Blodget, Business Insider:] The clever method Groupon is using to try to get around the SEC’s quiet period rule is writing a detailed public communication in the form of a CEO “letter to employees” that Groupon has then distributed publicly with the help of a trusted media outlet.

The media outlet in question is All Things D and the reporter is Kara Swisher.

[Kara Swisher, AllThingsD:] Henry never called me to ask how I got the email, as is his usual practice. I would not have commented I guess, but a call would have been nice before writing that out of thin air. So not sure how to respond, except that he always seems to publish nearly each and every memo I manage to get, in any case. ...

Continue to read Ben Popper, www.betabeat.com

Original piece written by Henry Blodget www.buinessinsider.com

March 08 2010


The truth about funding investigative journalism 2.0

A proper bit of digging, by the people at online-only news site Business Insider (read about its background here), has led to Nicholas Carlson’s revelations about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook and as the site says, “startling new information”, about the company’s early days.

But as BI’s Silicon Valley Insider team revealed, this type of work doesn’t make for a sustainable online publication business model. In a flurry of tweets Business Insider editor-in-chief and CEO Henry Blodget explains why (you can view them in a gallery at this link).

It’s important. It’s great. But it is also fantastically expensive and time-consuming.

But the truth is, if we tried to do 3 a day, with our staff, we would DROP DEAD. We’d also go bust. Neither being a happy outcome.

(Hat-tip: The Editorialiste.)

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