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30 January 2006

Emily Bell's verdict

Here's what she wrote in today's mediaGuardian about the code of practice for citizen journalists:

"The intention, for instance, at the heart of the NUJ's proposed code is to protect a differentiation between the professional journalist and the amateur.

"What it actually does is to potentially tie the hands of those who employ journalists to the benefit of those who do not. Wholesale adoption of the code would lead to: no blogs with free comments on them run by established media organisations; no picture streams or video footage from viewers and readers on news channels and websites; and no ability for mainstream news media to experiment with "wikis" or community-built sites. It would, of course, be far too expensive."

http://media.guardian.co.uk/mediaguardian/story/0,,1697633,00.html

Would anyone like to comment on that?!

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