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.

  4. Anders Jacobsen's sideblog

    US Campaign Watchbloggers
    Watchbloggers are (generally anonymous) bloggers who are each assigned one journalist covering the U.S. presidential campaign […]

Leave A Comment

Recommended Posts

Image on a black background of a human hand holding a graphic showing the word AI with a blue circuit board pattern inside surrounded by blurred blue and yellow dots and a concentric circular blue design.
AI and algorithmic culture Machine Vision

Four visual registers for imaginaries of machine vision

I’m thrilled to announce another publication from our European Research Council (ERC)-funded research project on Machine Vision: Gabriele de Setaand Anya Shchetvina‘s paper analysing how Chinese AI companies visually present machine vision technologies. They find that the Chinese machine vision imaginary is global, blue and competitive.  De Seta, Gabriele, and Anya Shchetvina. “Imagining Machine […]

Do people flock to talks about ChatGPT because they are scared?

Whenever I give talks about ChatGPT and LLMs, whether to ninth graders, businesses or journalists, I meet people who are hungry for information, who really want to understand this new technology. I’ve interpreted this as interest and a need to understand – but yesterday, Eirik Solheim said that every time […]

How to use ChatGPT to get past writer’s block

Having your own words processed and restated can help you improve your thinking and your writing. That’s one reason why talking with someone about your ideas can help you clarify your thoughts. ChatGPT is certainly no replacement for a knowledgable friend or colleague, but can can definitely help you remix your […]