Watchbloggers are (generally anonymous) bloggers who are each assigned one journalist covering the U.S. presidential campaign. This is an interesting answer to the question about “but are they trustworthy?”

“Credibility is an interaction — not an aura,” Rosen said. “If a citizen decides to track the reporting of Dan Balz, and everything Balz writes is there, every TV appearance is cataloged, there is a faithful attempt to document all his work, the links are good and take you places, the Weblog ‘works’ to open up Balz’s campaign journalism. Credibility has a lot to do with reliability. If a citizen’s site is reliable for certain things, people will use it for those things. Build a reliable Weblog that tracks something and you have credibility.”

Links ++ at the Online Journalism Review at USC Annenberg.

4 thoughts on “watchblogs

  1. nick

    The so-called “watchblogs” are generally anonymous bloggers

    Who watches the watchbloggers?

  2. Jill

    Ah, well, see there’s the adopt a watchblogger program, where anonymous bloggers each choose a watchblogger to track, following their every keystroke.

  3. Jill

    Lars has good comments to this. English summary at the bottom of the post.

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