hartmanugcx10-21.jpgRome Hartman, current “BBC World News America” EP and former EP of “CBS Evening News,” said earlier this year that he’d been branded the “Howard Beale of Twitter” for his criticisms of it.

Well today, he was moderating a panel discussion about social media and its impact on news at UGCX, mediabistro’s user-generated content summit in New York.

Hartman was joined by Scott Karp of Publish2, Michael Meyers from Now Public, and Rachel Sterne from Ground Report as the group talked about trends in news gathering, producing, and publishing in an increasingly interactive news environment.

But the democratization of news coverage may not always be a good thing, Right Rome? “Crowds typically like crap,” Hartman says, asking his panelists, “How do you moderate that instinct towards junk?”

“It will probably be something in the middle,” said Karp.

Calling it the “Fox News-ization of the media landscape,” Hartman says “public cynicism” is due to “a widespread feeling that news organizations — partly because they have such economic challenges — have decided that…the chase for audience is more important than an objective decision about which story is worthy.”

One attendee asked if Fox News’ strategy and users have created the recent “groundswell.” More after the jump.

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