“New media” should have a new name by now

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Had enough of “hyper local” “citizen journalists”? Knight Digital Media blogger and news consultant Michele McLellen has. Those are the two phrases she wants to remove from public media conversations this year.

Hyper local, she notes, “is a mass term for what is, in reality, a lively emerging collection of niches.” And the ongoing debate over just what a citizen journalist is “gets in the way of discerning in a practical way what functions need a high level of professional skill, such as investigations, and which ones can easily be handled by interested non-journalists, paid or volunteer, like listings, calendars and short breaking news stories.”

Several readers leaving comments also nominated “engagement” and “new media” to the annoying terms list.

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