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Rafat Ali, founder of paidContent.org, on independent journalism

Rafat Ali, founder of paidContent.org, on independent journalism

An entrepreneurial journalist is advocating independent media as traditional media jobs decrease.

During the WAN-IFRA 2009 World Newspaper Congress, the founder of paidContent.org, Rafat Ali, said bloggers are not "poolside" entrepreneurs but actually put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into their work.

It takes a lot of work to be an independent journalist because they have to work every angle of the job, he said. They have to be the reporter, the promoter, and the businessman.

"You have to be ready to burn the candle at both ends and the middle," he said.

Now is probably the best time for people to become independent journalists because the tools are cheaper, the support is gaining, and a lot of advertising networks are helping people monetize, he said. Since there aren't enough jobs in traditional media, it's probably the best time to be an entrepreneur.

The actual presentation of how media will look is the only thing that is changing. "The art of reporting hasn't changed and it probably won't," he said.

Being exposed to the business side of journalism and having a keen sense of the changing economics is very important. According to Ali, "at its best, I am a better entrepreneur because I am a journalist, and I'm a better journalist because I'm an entrepreneur."

Using an editorial view on independent journalism to look at what works and what does not work in the industry is helpful, Ali said.



Spencer Jenkins


2009-12-02 10:40

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