How does digital democracy change the journalist’s role?

Dan Gillmor, Jeff Jarvis and Jay Rosen took the floor at the Digital Democracy teach-in in San Diego last week and discussed how digital democracy technology is changing the journalist’s role.
Transcripts are here, audio files–in multiple files–are here.
Some selections:
Jay Rosen: “…The Internet has done one thing radical; it has given voters a mouth, and what is different about this moment to me is that the public now is no longer that inert thing on the receiving end of the mass media and now we can see that from 1860 till now, we have this huge production not only of media content and messages, but of silence on the part of citizens themselves. The production of silence has actually been a part of the media age and now that is starting to come to a close and that is what is very exciting about, right now.”
Jeff Jarvis: “As I look at this election, I think we have come through some very important and big changes. The first is that the audience has a voice. When I lecture people in my business about blogs as blog boy in a suit, the first obligation we have I tell them is not to go writing blogs. We already do write. We already have a printing press. Now that people have a voice, the first obligation is to listen. The first obligation is to go read those blogs and see what the people are saying and what they care about, which may be very different from what we say they care about on our front pages or in our stump speeches, and so the first and most important thing is to listen to the people. And in that sense in a lot of ways, I think the reporters have gotten the story wrong lately, they are looking the wrong way. They are looking at the stump when they should be looking around at the green and seeing what the people have to say. That is the new story here.”
Dan Gillmor: “… The journalist has to do a better job in understanding and using these things and communicating with whoever is out there, but we also need better tools that you folks can help develop for the people who have been the audience to roll their own news reports so they get better information than they can get from sole sources, the way it is done now. ”
Read or listen to the whole transcript, if you have time–it’s good.
(Thanks, Doug Kaye’s Blogarithms)