Secrecy and Journalism in a digital age: Nieman conference

Yesterday (12/16) There was a great conference on secrecy and journalism held by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism called From Watergate to Wikileaks: Secrecy and journalism in the new media age.

The list of  panelists and speakers included the top names in new and old media. And fortunately for those of us who were no where near Harvard yesterday, videos and blogs are posted on the Nieman site.

Some sample Tweets from the session on Whither the Gatekeeper? Navigating New Rules and Roles in the Age of Radical Transparency:

BBCPhilippaT: Washington Post “veteran” intelligence reporter Walter Pincus: #wikileaks is one more source but one that plays a clever PR game#niemanleaks

Jonathan Seitz: WP: MY resposiblity is to lay out a standard. 1. is it true? 2. is it relevant? in context? 3. Is is something that I think the public ought to know?

Jonathan Seitz: WP: I think the wikileaks release left it up to journalists to decide what to print.. and I think that’s the right thing.

lalorek: Lesson from Wikileaks is there is a huge amount of material coming out of government that people just don’t read, says Pincus #NiemanLeaks

NiemanReports: Danielle Brian (POGO) at #niemanLeaks conf : It doesn’t matter if WikiLeaks is journo org. 1st A. applies to everyone

BBCPhilippaT: “Just having access to the data doesnt mean that we can understand it”. Need journalists to break that barrier. Clint Hendler #niemanleaks

Here is a list of the sessions with links to the pages of blogs and Tweets:


Journalism’s Role: Freedom of Information in the Digital Age (9:10 – 9:50 a.m.)


Prosecuted, Banned, Blamed: Reporters Push Boundaries as a Voice of Public Accountability (10 – 11:15 a.m.)


Whither the Gatekeeper? Navigating New Rules and Roles in the Age of Radical Transparency (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)


Secrets, National Security and the Press: Does WikiLeaks Change Anything? (1:15 – 2:15 p.m.)


Secrets 2.0: Exploring Entrepreneurial Answers to Journalistic Obligations (2:30 – 4:30 p.m.)


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