Several of the audience members asked about the difference between traditional broadcast journalism and Rocketboom.
First of all, I do not consider myself to be a journalist though I do on occasion commit acts of journalism. I have never studied journalism and everything I know about Rocketboom with regards to journalism mostly comes from other journalists.
I gather a journalist is someone who studies or is naturally inclined to think a lot about the same kinds of issues, committed and impassioned about reporting interesting stories. Someone with a method who puts the story above their own importance.
Even if you are not a journalist, it's likely you have told at least a few great stories and care as much.
Either way, one thing that has not changed with technology or time is the story itself.
The distribution and propagation of a story is much easier now, there are a lot more accidental acts of journalism and more people are participating yet a well-done, relevant and honest story is ultimately what I think people respond to the most.
You've nailed it, of course. The power right now, probably the only thing America can export with any authority, is the story. Finding new stories to tell, and telling them in a way that connects with the audience (now participants) is the magic of Century 21.
Journalism is certainly something I wish I'd studied more, but storytelling, regardless of form, will end up -- has ended up -- the secret sauce of new media.