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Tom Murphy

Dan Gillmor steps down.

News broke last week that Dan Gillmor will leave his post at the San Jose Mercury News next month to, in software parlance, go eat his own dog food. It is a very interesting development.

Dan has enjoyed a long tenure at the Merc and was one of the first journalists to embrace blogging alongside traditional media writing.  He has also pioneered a lot of new thinking around how online tools and techniques will change how we communicate online.  His book, “We the Media” continues to provide a fantastic insight into how communication is changing and it’s a must read for any Public Relations practitioner.

I wish Dan well on his new journey. 

I have to say I was somewhat disappointed that I saw a few bloggers claiming that Dan isn’t the first influential journalists to abscond to the world of blogs full-time (they claim they were), but I think it’s clear that Dan is by far the highest profile and the most influential.  Of that there is little doubt.

Of course this doesn’t mean we should go back to the whole “newspapers are doomed” debate which I’m sure we’re all a little bored of at this stage.  They’re not.  At least not anytime soon.

Written by Tom Murphy

December 15, 2004 at 9:40 am

Posted in General

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