As mentioned previously, I had a Skype conference with two UK journalists last week. We discussed blogging and journalism. Hugh Fraser at Blog Relations ran the show and has uploaded the interview. It’s 22 minutes long, you can download it here. It was a very interesting chat. Hope I didn’t waffle too much. Will listen back to it later on today. A word of warning to my regular food filth reader – in the near future I’ll be blogging more about non-food topics at noodlepie. I’ll still be doing Saigon food, but I’ll be talking about an increasing amount of other stuff too. In the meantime, here are some thoughts related to the podcast. I originally posted this at stillbop,
"Rethink newspapers. Give every journalist a blog. Journalists blog their features, columns, their hobbies, daft stories about the journey to work, photos of their cat, wotever – anything and everything they’re interested in. They tag their work. Section editors receive tagged submissions via an RSS like function. They edit for word count, spelling etc., they wiki through articles with the journalist and/or other editors and anyone else for that matter before forwarding final copy to the printing press/online portal. While printing presses, as we know them, remain with us.
All finished copy runs with a link to the journalist’s blog. An important new part of the journalist’s job will involve them making their notes, raw copy, interview transcripts, MP3’s, pictures etc. available and open for comments on their blog. Discussion of any given story can take place in the main body of the newspaper/newspaper blog, again using a comments-esque feature. Discussion is likely to spill over onto the journalist’s own blog."