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Unpaid bloggers are no substitute for real journalists

“I’ve been a journalist for more than 25 years, and I used to work at The Olympian. People who suggest lashing together groups of unpaid bloggers to somehow cover the news in a comprehensive way know NOTHING about daily journalism. Why? It takes a ton of reporters working every day to cover a smallish city. Then, you need editors — all professional writing is edited for accuracy, grammar, spelling and fairness. Unedited copy is an invitation for community laughter — all the way up to a libel lawsuit. Finally, where is the money coming from to pay the writers and editors? I bet you couldn’t find one free blogger in the United States who is willing to cover school board meetings every week — or check the arrest log at the police station on Christmas Eve.”

— Chester Allen, former Olympian reporter


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