July 12, 2005

Blogging the Beat: II

The Wall Street Journal quotes me today (being typically inarticulate) in a story about reporters and blogging. I pointed the Journal reporter to a Michael Bazeley and Matt Marshall of the San Jose Mercury News and their technology news blog, SiliconBeat. (They blogged the Journal story.)

Should reporters blog? Absolutely.
Readers are moving online. We need to follow.

I wrote about this in more depth a couple of weeks ago after a seminar at the National Writers Workshop. Get the Powerpoint from seminar here. [Read: Blogging the Beat.]

Posted by Tim Porter at July 12, 2005 08:47 AM

Should all reporters blog? Absolutely not.
On line communication is fundamentally different from newspaper communication. Journalistic organisations have to stick by the rules of the media, so just throwing your articles on the Internet won't work - newspapers will have to blog and perhaps personalize their news, among other things. But weblogs won't replace newspapers - new media rarely replace old media. Yelling at newspapers that they all should be blogging will only work counterproductively, because you're thinking too highly of yourself.

Posted by: berry on July 12, 2005 08:28 AM

> The Wall Street Journal quotes me today (being typically inarticulate)

So, would you prefer to be interviewed via email? And would the story 'prefer' it too? (would quotes-via-email make it better?)

If yes and yes, why do interviews still happen by phone?

Posted by: Anna Haynes on July 12, 2005 06:29 PM

Isn't this discussion about trust? If you don't trust you reporters to write something adequate to the quality of your newspaper without somenone else editing it - are these really the people you to work for you?
Also as a blogging reporter for Handelsblatt, Germany's biggest business and financial daily, I discovered that our online readers are far different from our print readers. Especially they want a different writing style (lighter, more aggressiv, more entertaining) from our print edition. A style, most of our editors wouldn't accept neither in print nor online.

Posted by: tknuewer on July 13, 2005 02:13 AM

Berry, I don't think the point is to blog instead of writing traditional news. The idea is to broaden our activities into blogs and other interactive forms. I think it's worth trying these things out.

Posted by: Steve Baker on July 13, 2005 02:17 PM
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