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Comments Of The Week: Morning Journal Editor Tom Skoch

The week is barely half over but we’ve already figured out our choice for comment of the week–it’s from the Morning Journal editor Tom Skoch, whose letter to bloggers we picked up yesterday.

Skoch’s comment is reproduced in full below (part of it is after the jump, so do click through).

Rachel, your post falls far short of presenting an accurate view of what is happening in our Community Media Lab at The Morning Journal. I wish you had contacted me before writing. This is the start of a positive and powerful change in the dynamic between reader and news organization. It is only one facet of how we and all the other Journal Register Company publications are bringing the reader from the “outside” right into the news process.

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There’s No Money In Writing Anymore, So You Might As Well Write For Us For Free

Today we have possibly the strangest “please blog for our web 2.0 internets” request from a mainstream media organization we’ve ever come across.

In the (Lorain, Ohio) Morning Journal editor’s column of December 14, editor Tom Skoch explains why local folk should blog for the newspaper for free.

The short version: You used to be able to make money writing, but not anymore! So since nobody‘s getting paid for their writing, you might as well write for a more noble reason! Like, it’s fun and you get to tell other people what you think!

Never mind the fact that Skoch is still “scribbl[ing] for a living” and presumably not doing it for free.

The Morning Journal is owned by the Journal Register company, which also owns the (Torrington, CT) Register-Citizen, which is going an order of magnitude more daring with the citizen journalism idea, opening its newsroom to the public and letting anyone interested sit in on news meetings.

After the jump, a video of Skoch telling bloggers that they can “in a sense, become reporters.”
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