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My Speech On Citizen Journalism For The 2010 Smart Girl Summit

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Posted on October 4 2010 8:00 pm
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My name is John Hawkins, I’ve been blogging since 2001 and blogging professionally since 2005. One of the things I’ve learned since then is that the sort of journalism independent conservatives do is, by necessity, different than you’re going to see in the mainstream media or even on the left side of the blogosphere.

There are two reasons for that.

The first is that journalism often costs money and we don’t have any. So, if some wacky pastor is going to burn a dumptruck full of Korans in Florida, we can’t afford to go down and watch the show. If Sarah Palin is about to pop out kid #6 in Alaska, we can’t afford to head up to witness the birth of little Wolf Palin. The Washington Post? The New York Times? The Washington Times? They don’t have that problem. Even some of the liberal blogs don’t have the same issues because they have donors who think independent liberal journalism is valuable.

Let me give you a prime example from just last week-end. GOProud is a gay conservative group. They had a fund raiser in New York and they brought in Ann Coulter as a headliner. They called the fund raiser Homocon. Not surprisingly, this turned out to be a controversial event. The event turned out to be so sold out that they weren’t even allowing journalists in at the end. Well, guess who the very first sponsor of Homocon was? That’s right, youu’re looking at him. So, even though the event was sold out, I could have gotten in and covered it. Honestly, I didn’t do it because I couldn’t afford to pay for a plane ticket and a hotel in New York City. Know who was about to cover it? A liberal I’m friendly with named Megan Carpentier, who works for TPM. Since I wasn’t going she asked me if I could get her in, I did, and TPM gave her the money she needed to cover the event.

The second problem conservative citizen journalists have is reach. Here’s a little secret:

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