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Drawing the Line

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March 31st, 2008

Would you believe I attended a women and media conference and left my computer at home? OLD SCHOOL!

I tell you this to explain why, on the train home from the WAM 2008, I pulled out a notebook to organize my impressions of the conference and to dutifully comply with Jennifer Pozner’s directive that I pony up a blog post. And then, I misplaced the notebook. My home office, the bigger part of a clothes closet, exceeded my healthy limits of constructive chaos. Certain levels of chaos and disorder upset my mind.

Old School!, the mujeres of WAM would probably tell me.

The chaos and uneasiness in the media world are a strength to the women media makers I met at WAM.

First, to all of you MSM journos, past or present, the feminista bloggers don’t care! For all the reports of uneasy relations between “traditional journalists” and the blogosphere, it was exciting to see reps from both sides of the media lines respecting lines of difference while sharing know-how and information about their communities and readers. (Internet TV here I come!)

Why do I mention this? Because I rarely, if ever, see bloggers at the journo conferences I attend. Maybe they’ll get to UNITY later this year. We may not be ready to blur some lines.

Even so, the blogger-journo relationship presents an interesting opportunity as we face a dark moment in terms of the economy and the shrinking world of journalism. How this synergy develops might take us to another interesting level of media in this country. Will bloggers and/or citizen reporters directly feed to journalists? Will reporters become bloggers, openly, for themselves in addition to their employers and will it change the employer/employee relationship? For now though, some of us suffer with a chaos imbalance.

Back to Jennifer Pozner who managed to “diversify” two panels that did not focus on: poverty, immigration, or race.

Speaking of the issue of diversity, WAM invited speaker Helen Thomas said that when it comes to the media, Obama walks on water and Hillary has gotten hit hard because: racism is more verboten than being anti-woman.

The black, Latina, Asian, Arab journos, bloggers and media activists in the audience probably have something to say about that distinction. Among them I found many who work and live in a world of blurred lines.

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