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Friday, December 17, 2004

Media Bloggers Association Accepts Tapscott's Copy Desk (Thus Proving the Age of Miracles is Not Over!)

Have these people lost their minds? No, actually they've gained nine new members, including this scenic attraction on the internet highway to and into the 21st Century. Check out the new members here. You will quickly see what an eclectic bunch MBA is. What a wonderful melting pot of diverse, distinct and decisive voices!

Several of the Blogosphere pioneers and drivers are among the founding members, too, including Robert Cox of The National Debate, the dynamic Sheffield duo at RatherBiased.com, Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine, Jay Rosen of PressThink, Patrick Frey of Patterico's Pontifications, Dan Gillmor of eJournal.com, J.D. Lasica of New Media Musings, Tim Porter of First Draft, Rebecca MacKinnon of RConversation.com and the Spinsanity crew, to name just a few of an illustrious bunch of Blogospherians.

I joined MBA because it brings together such a diverse bunch of folks concerned about the multitude of issues arising from the decline of the MSM and the rise of the new media. And frankly because I have a lot to learn about blogging and where better to get the best guidance? Here's how MBA describes itself:

"Media Bloggers Association (MBA) is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting MBA members and their blogs.
"The membership includes independent/amateur bloggers, professional bloggers and professional writers who operate a personal blog, as well as those interested in the development of media blogging, citizen journalism, and related endeavors.
"Media bloggers play a valuable role by holding media organizations accountable for their reporting, commenting on the current and future state of the media, supplementing local media coverage, and reporting on the media industry. To support this role, the MBA encourages continuing education for its members and supports the emerging citizen journalism movement.
"Media Bloggers Association believes in the independence and freedom of expression of its members and is not concerned with issues of editorial integrity, journalistic fairness or objectivity of members, nor in resolving disputes between members."

I especially like the bit about citizen journalism and continuing education for bloggers because the former gets to the heart of my job as Director of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Media and Public Policy and the latter parallels my passion for Computer-Assisted Research and Reporting (CARR). Oh yes, I also like one of the rules, which is "plays well with others." Being in the Washington media as a newspaper journalist, I have lots of friends on the Left and Right who REALLY need to learn to do that.

Anyway, you should see an official Media Bloggers Association logo appearing prominently on Tapscott's Copy Desk just as soon as I figure out that html stuff ....