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"Journalism and the New Media Media Ecology: Who Will Pay the Messengers?"

CLOSING SESSION: The View from the Newsroom

What follows is an honest attempt to document a two-day conference at Yale Law School, "Journalism and the New Media Ecology: Who Will Pay the Messenger?" The reporter is Bill Densmore of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. As with a similar in-the-moment report from a gathering at Harvard University two weeks ago, I make no warranty about the accuracy of direct quotes -- captured on the fly -- but make a promise to have supplied appropriate context as best as possible. The sessions are being videotaped. Consult that source for the final history of this event.

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This session, "The View from the Newsroom," includes David Carr of the New York Times, Marcia Chambers of the Yale Law School and the Branford Eagle; Bill Mitchell from the Poynter Institute; and Linda Greenhouse from Yale Law School.

Linda Greenhouse: When she began to cover the U.S. Supreme Court there was almost no information about the SCOTUS available to the public. Now transcripts are put up the same day; it used to be two weeks. It enables a real-time conversation about what's going on in the court. That's a great benefit. But there are burdens. When here daily journalism career was wrapping up, all of her colleagues were obliged to file for their organization's websites within a half hour or 45 minutes after decisions came down at 10 in the morning. She would not have felt comfortable doing that. She felt obliged to take the decisions and think about them four a couple of hours, and when she did she often felt quite differently about them. "Sometimes first-cut impressions create a national impression that is not correct," she says. "It has put an enormous burden on those people who cover the court."