Journalists who become bloggers and bloggers who become journalists is the theme of the latest column in the wee series at Journalism.co.uk. I talked to Craig McGinty and Tim Worstall for this piece. Different starting points, different directions, but similar viewpoints, if that makes any sense…
I wrote a column (yet another…) about blogging and journalism the other day. It’ll run in a week or two. Soon after I finished writing it, I re-bumped into a eight year old quote, via a two year old quote,
The beautiful thing about this new meta-journalism is that it doesn’t
require a massive distribution channel or extravagant licensing fees. A
single user with a Web connection and only the most rudimentary HTML
skills can upload his or her overview of the day’s news. If the editorial sensibility is sharp enough, this kind of metajournalism could easily find enough of an audience to be commercially sustainable, given the limited overhead required to run such a service.
Wee, large et mammoth. It happened. Which then reminded me of those folk who still have trouble seeing bushes for vegetation, florists for flowers etc. Which then lead me back to the guy originally quoted eight years ago. Funny that.
A piece of mine on offsetting your carbon emissions whenever you travel appears in the Sunday Herald. It’s aimed at UK readers,
That short-haul hop to Prague costs you more than just a cheap
ticket, a bargain-basement hotel and a few jars in the local brauhaus.
The experts tell us the effects of global warming are with us now. The
more flights you take, the more CO2 emissions you’re responsible for
and the more you might want to consider offsetting those emissions by
choosing a travel organisation that will replace the carbon you burn. Sunday Herald.
What no global dimming?
For the second installment of my wee-series about journalists who blog at journalism.co.uk I talked to Robin Hamman of Cybersoc. Robin works for the BBC. I started reading his blog a year or more ago. We had the chance to meet in London in May when I helped (in a very, very small way) organise his We Media fringe event in Soho. Robin’s very clued in to the way ‘the media landscape’ is evolving and he’s well worth reading on a regular basis if that subject at all grabs you. As he works for one of the world’s biggest and most uniquely funded media outfits, he also has the inside line on big media’s take on us new media minnows.
Thanks to everyone who has so far suggested the names and blogs of blogging journalists. I read all your suggestions. However, I’m still on the look out for more, especially the offbeat and the less well known out there. Maybe a guy in China reporting from his blog. Those doing something really unique with their blog. Are there any journalists out there who are solely reporting via blog now? I don’t mean the so called ‘A’ listers here. I’m looking for the newest, freshest, hottest and hippest… well, at least, goodest 🙂
Thanks to all who dropped comments and sent me emails pointing me in the direction of journalists who blog. I’ll be checking them all out in due course. The first installment, in a series of six, about blogging journalists is now up at journalism.co.uk. It’s about Sandeep Junnarkar and his excellent Lives in Focus blog. Always on the look out for more…
I haven’t been opening up much about work of late on noodlepie, that changes this week… I’m working on a mini-series for a UK publication about journalists who write blogs. Why do they blog? Is blogging changing the way they work? Isn’t this whole blog thing all just a storm in a horses mouth? Does anyone really care about blogs apart from bloggers? I’m looking to talk to journalists who blog to try and find out why on earth they bother. If you know a good journalist/blogger, especially if you read one that you like, please post a comment, email or IM me. I’m doing the first one on Sandeep at Lives in Focus. One of the best out there I reckon.
The Guardian’s Comment is free blog, I’m writing about other stuff. It’s seems like fun, not a little bonkers, quite a bit different to our usual kitchen table banter over Earl Grey and Jammie Dodgers here or on any one of the other 1,000’s of foodblogs out there. My reasons for joining up are threefold,
Firstly I got invited. Secondly, I have a lot of time for this newspaper and the folk who dreamed the new ‘mega-blog’ up. And thirdly, I kinda believe the site represents an early form of the future of newspapers. A testing ground for pro-am journalism, if you like, but without the hard news. The content is mostly opinion, off the cuff commentary coupled with expert analysis. The comments boxes and very lively, often witty, sharp and argumentative. My absolute favourite response to my posts so far is definitely this, from someone called SpeakerToAnimals1,
"Learn the language of the natives or fuck off back to Grub Street."
That’s a perfect sentence. Give that commenter a blog. Worth watching next week is the start of Big Blogger – at the end of which one commenter, from a starting grid of five, will be voted in to join the Comment is free roster of
200 or so 500 bloggers. It’s an incredible lineup – go peruse – what the hell I’m doing among Bono, Tariq Ali, Sidney Blumenthal, Noam Chomsky, George Galloway, Germaine Greer, Douglas Hurd, Jeff Jarvis, John Pilger, Jay Rosen and tonnes more I dunno, but when I do know I’ll blog about it 🙂 Here’s my page at Comment is free and here’s the RSS subscription feed.
Best thing about this conference so far is meeting so many people. Many of whom are new faces to me. Many are ’email faces’ I’ve known for ages but never met in the ‘offline world’. More on those guys later. Meantime there’s a piece I did for one of the faces at journalism.co.uk today. Thanks to all who helped me with that piece. It’s all about How to set up a blog. Back to the conference… More suits. More videos. Different venue. At Reuters today. Yay. Tom Glocer’s up. I liked his speech about seeding clouds a while back. Time to listen. Follow the chat here.
… Saigon, not Seoul, not Taipei. Just look at those wires. Saigon is freakin’ wired maan. An electrician’s nightmare and a wire junkie’s wet dream. Tomorrow I’ll be in relatively wire free London which is paradoxically, and totally unlike Saigon, starved of free wifi access. Hotspotted may help me, but I’m not too hopeful. If you’re in London and want to meet, let me know. Particularly keen to meet bloggers, journos, editors etc. Folk I’m already slated to share jars of Aqua libra with are:
Alfie from moblogUK
Fraser from Blogjam
Andrew from Le Cool and Prandial
Martin Stabe, New media reporter from Press Gazette
John Thompson from journalism.co.uk
Jemima Kiss from journalism.co.uk/soon to be freelance hack
Neil Baker: An idle writer
Hugh Fraser, the podcast king of Blog-Relations
Bobbie Johnson, Technology reporter at The Guardian
Nick from Scoopt
Robin from Cybersoc
Rebecca from Global Voices
Then there are all the new faces I don’t already know at the We Media Global Forum. Like I say, I’ll be quite busy. I don’t get this opportunity every day in sleepy ol’ Saigon, so I’m very much looking forward to meeting everyone. Anymore for anymore? I’ll be blogging at noodlepie (wifi dependent) throughout the trip. Esoteric waffle will probably end up at Stillbop. I’ll also be blogging at Morph during the We Media conference. You can follow We Media online. Should be fun. if Air
France Chance lose my bags AGAIN. I’ll sue.
Another couple of pieces of mine appear in the Press Gazette this week – nothing to do with Vietnam travel, Saigon, streetfood or anything else from Asia, so avert your eyes now if the subject matter is of less than zero interest. Here’s the main story.
It’s part of Reporters Guide to Citizen Journalism. Best navigate all features from the Press Gazette blog. There’s an interview with Dan Gillmor, one with Scoopt founder Kyle Macrae and others from the BBC, ITV and SkyNews. Well worth trawling through. For my money Tim Worstall nails the main problem/opportunity now facing old media with the advent of the blog era,
“Success will go to the editorial team that can mix and match the
best of both. For, as should be obvious, the 500,000 UK bloggers know
more, in detail, on any and every subject under the sun than the staff
of any individual newspaper,” he says. “How to pick out of the rabble that one voice that has the truth on any specific subject will be the difficulty." Press Gazette.
Which brought to mind this recent quote by Alan Rusbridger, Guardian Editor. Via Mbites,
"The Internet now does a lot of information on all sorts of subjects
better than newspapers. I shouldn’t be saying this live to the world
outside, I should be keeping this a secret, but a lot of people have
twigged to this."
if you haven’t you’re a wee bit dim. Secrets are so 1980’s. It would
take a pretty thick newspaper editor/proprietor not to see this. I’m working on something with Kyle and Tim that may help things along. More, much more, on that next month all being well. And hopefully I’ll get to discuss it at the We Media Global Forum in May.
UPDATE: Download the pdf
FURTHER UPDATE: Download the entire Reporter’s guide to citizen journalism.