Debating Biz News in the Internet Age

Believe it or not, we in the business journalism biz have some spirited debates about what we do and how we do it.

I moderated one last Friday and just wanted to tip my hat to the participants, both on the stage and in the audience.

Henry Blodget, editor in chief of Business Insider; Felix Salmon, a noted blogger from Reuters; and our own John Carney, the NetNet guy, were on the stage. Essentially three cutting-edge "new media" guys.

The audience? The Society of American Business Editors and Writers. This is a group made up of journalists from a variety of platforms .... newspapers, magazines, TV, and Web. It's not completely "old media," but it certainly leans that way (Disclosure: I'm on the board of governors).

And so the kick-off question, should new media play by old media rules, was a natural. What followed was a good back and forth about speed versus accuracy, the flexibility of the Internet and the prospects for "iterative journalism," and the frustrations of "over-aggregation" and inadequate linking.

Nothing got solved. But it was an excellent discussion. And for you readers, least you know we're talking about how to make the sausage better.