I’m just downloading the latest eGullet foodcast featuring NYTimes Dining section editor, Pete – the cheese sandwich – Wells. No idea if it’s any good, but Pete and I keep in touch. I’m hoping it’s good. I await the rabid blog backlash if the cheese sandwich chronicles are mentioned…. Any podcast recommendations please post a comment. FWIW I love Mark Kermode’s, enjoy Documentally and quite like MediaTalk, but I’m always on the look out for more.
One of the more novel food blogs I’ve come across in recent months is PushcartNYC. It aims to catalogue the charred offerings of streetcarts found all over New York City. Nice niche. One to watch. If they stick at it they could be up there with Slice and A Hamburger Today for quality NYC nichenosh content.
New York Times bigshot restaurant critic Frank Bruni – who blogs at Diner’s Journal and is the subject of The Bruni Digest restaurant critic stalking blog – recently did a short podcast about PushcartNYC. Click and play below.
One thought… PushcartNYC/Frank. Why don’t you podcast from one of the carts? Chat to the folk behind the stall and those queuing up. With all the sounds of NYC in the background it could be quite effective? I’ve recently been looking at buying a M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96 Pocket Digital Recorder with a view to doing more podcasting. If any readers would like to donate one I will gladly take it off your hands 🙂 And PushcartNYC – sort out your URL. I see www.pushcartnyc.com is already purchased. Map it (babee).
Hugh Macleod, him of gapingvoid and the ‘toon on the left, is interviewed. Five conference call participants come up with a neat way for Hugh to try and monetize his cartoons using a widget. If he runs with it, I reckon I’d syndicate his scribbles somewhere here.
As I listened I Googled around Hugh’s site. I clicked his stats to see that gapingvoid gets the same, or a bit less traffic, than noodlepie, which surprised me. I always assumed Hugh was in the quarter of a million hits per month bracket. Maybe my assumption is a reflection of how big his influence is? And traffic is historically one of the worst indicators of influence. Noodlepie recently passed its two year birthday mark. Two years ago, Hugh was one of my first commenters. I doubt I’d have ever gotten started blogging if I’d never read gapingvoid.
If you dig decent cartoons – and assuming a syndication widget does eventually appear – you might wanna consider running them on your own blog, magazine, newspaper, whatever. Then you can sit back and know that you’re helping keep a man in a cottage near Carlisle in duck sausages and pints down the pub. Very life affiriming.
After bemoaning the difficulty of finding decent podcasts I stumble into one. Hedgerow forager, philosopher, tobacco slave and fugitive from the British Midlands, Will Carruthers, in a 30 minute interview at Documentally.
Will – if you’re tuning in – you’re perfectly right, given certain conditions giant puffballs are as big as sheep. I hope to be in Rugby first week in May if you make a fresh batch of hedgerow jam I’ll pop around for tea, scones and white spirit.
Hit the podcast link for a 37 minute interview with New York-based, freelance journalist, journalism professor and blogger, Sandeep Junnarkar. I asked Sandeep about Lives in Focus, his mulitimedia blog journalism project, which aims to give voice to "those who are rarely given space or time in traditional news media." The initial project looks at the impact of India’s new patent law on the HIV+ population. I’m pitching a feature about blog-based journalism. I Skyped Sandeep to find out more. It’s a 35MB download… Woah. Too big? Read about the project at Online Journalism Review. As soon as (and if) I land a commission I’ll blog more.
UPDATE: I now have a commission from the UK press. Deadline mid-February.
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."
As Diacritic says, Wifi cafes are pretty common in Saigon. Some are busier than others. The Bambu Cafe at 96 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in District 1 is one of the quieter spots. I nipped in here to connect over Skype for a 4:30pm conference chat with Dartmouth based IT journalist William Knight and Paddington based business journalist, Hugh Fraser of Blog-relations and Storynory. We chatted about journalism and blogging, journalists who blog and journalists who don’t. William doesn’t. I do. I’ll link to the finished podcast when Hugh’s uploaded it. Meanwhile check out Hugh’s previous podcasts. They’re rather good. And if you need free wifi in Saigon, Bambu Cafe’s works a treat and their cafe sua da is not at all bad. But at 25,000VD a glass, I’m not sure just how free the wifi really is. Grumble, mutter, humbug, bahhh.
Last Friday I got an email from Hugh Fraser, a UK business journalist, who co-runs Blog Relations to see if I fancied being interviewed for a Skypecast/conference/podcast thing. I did and so we did. At about 5pm Saigon time – about an hour after his first email arrived. You can download the podcast here. Hugh conference called myself and Craig Mcginty in Manchester. Craig runs a staggering eight blogs and makes his living from blogging. By sheer coincidence (I think) Craig, like me, is also a member of the journalism.co.uk freelance forum. I’d also corresponded with Craig last month for a feature I wrote about blogging and journalism for The Journalist magazine – appears this month I believe – however we’d never spoken before. In the podcast, Hugh asked us about blogging, blogvertising and ‘expat’ blogging. Don’t think I said anything revolutionary, coherent, or even that interesting – haven’t listened back to it yet – but it was fun to hook up with other bloggers this way. Hope to do more another time.