Stuff Journalists Like – #181 Firefox

The relationship between a journalist and his web browser is an intimate
one. During an average workweek, a journalist will spend more
one-on-one time with his web browser than his friends, families and
loved ones.

Because so much of a journalist’s reporting is done via the Web
(and because journalists can’t afford to venture too far from the
newsroom because the mileage they receive is about the half of what
government recommended rate is – in 1984), journalists spend so much of
their time chained attached to a computer. So when it comes to which
browser journalists prefer to spend eight hours a day with, their top
choice is Firefox.

proof? More than 50 percent of the people who visited do so using Firefox. It’s safe to assume
most of the visitors to this site are journalists or PR flacks 
reminiscing about their newsroom days.

Besides being the first mainstream
browser to offer window tabs, which helps when journalists
need to shuffle back and worth between 18 years of voting records, Firefox was one of the first browsers to
really embrace RSS feeds and to come with
extensions, live bookmarks and multiple search engines. The fact that
Firefox is a nonprofit, open source project is appealing to journalists
because secretly all journalists are socialists.
like Firefox so much they are willing to download the program without
consent from their newspapers IT staff, in violation of company policy,
to replace the paper’s default browser, which is usually Internet
Explorer or even Netscape.

understand why journalists prefer Firefox as their top browser, it’s worthwhile to look at the similarities between
journalists and their beloved Firefox. Neither Firefox or journalists
make a profit. Second, both are reliant on Google.
And the existence of both journalists and Firefox is threatened by
Google – Chrome for Firefox and Google News for journalists. 

 Journalists’ preference for Firefox is ultimately rooted in the fact journalists distrust large, mulitnational corporations, in this
case  Internet Explorer’s Microsoft. This distrust does not apply to
Google or the large, multinational corporations journalists work for. You try figure out the hypercity. 

Other reasons why journalists like Firefox (via Twitter):

AntoineDoyenAntoineDoyen: guess Journalists like Firefox because they think they discovered it… indie investigations & stuffs

lisatellalisatella: I like firefox because of the logo. Maybe journalists like cute things, simple as that? :P

emiliescribblesemiliescribbles: Firefox is a journalist thing? Who knew. I do use it. More screen space, good tab system. Also like embedded memory system.

KateMartin13KateMartin13: i like it because I can use twitterfox with it, and adblock plus. I hate looking at internet advertising . . . but then again that’s what is supposed to sustain our industry. catch 22

T-mug-jan09_2_sm_biggerTammiM: ffox: fills in the blanks for you, drag and drop any items into the toolbar, no weird demands for updates every 92 minutes

Mallory Colliflowermalcolli:Add ons, add ons and more add ons


  1. Rafael Calsaverini says:

    Journalists use firefox?? They do?
    I thought only nerds like myself were into well programed software and that cool professionals like journalists used software with cool names like opera or safari.
    I guess I should switch to iceweasel, dillo, galleon or another obscure browser to keep up with my nerdiness.

  2. Tim says:

    These posts are not very well written for someone who implies he is a journalist.
    Is this a complete sentence to you:
    “Though, journalists’ preference for Firefox is ultimately rooted in the fact that journalists distrust large, mulitnational corporations, in this case Internet Explorer’s Mircosoft.”
    1.) You started your sentence with the word “though,” and then seemingly got lost in your commas and never resolved it.
    2.) “Internet Explorer’s Microsoft” or Microsoft’s Internet Explorer?
    3.) Real journalists don’t trust the companies they work for – make a phone call, check it out.

  3. Reader says:

    I bet it’s because they saw someone older, smarter and more respectable using it in the newsroom.

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