Nick Denton on Whether Gawker Writers Are Journalists

My personal take is that Gawker writers and editors, including those at Gizmodo, are clearly journalists. Journalists are those who commit journalism, regardless of medium. Gawker chief Nick Denton, however, in an interview with Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz last year, doesn’t seem to see it that way:

“We don’t seek to do good,” says Denton, wearing a purplish shirt, jeans and a beard that resembles a three-day growth. “We may inadvertently do good. We may inadvertently commit journalism. That is not the institutional intention.”

(Bonus: Note the caption under the picture of Gawker staff writers.)

Tuesday, 27 April 2010