Christopher Allbritton is going to Iraq as an independent, blogging reporter, Wired writes. If you give him some money, he’ll send you and the other contributors photos and reports a day before he blogs them, and you get to be his “editors” and request particular kinds of stories. Back to Iraq 2.0 is the name of his website, and what I’ve read of his posts so far, I like. I’ve not thought the bloggers vs. journalism debate was that interesting, but this is. Can a journalist be totally independent? Can we skip the newspapers? Create a direct link from readers to reporter? This gives freelance a whole new meaning. Or is this no different from those familiar faces already in Iraq, like ?sne Seierstad for Norwegians, those faces that feel like old friends because they’ve been on our tv screens so many times?

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