what’s a  blog?
history
before the internets
(tubes!)
we had reporters who wrote for newspapers
an editor would assign stuff like photos and sidebars
it would all get edited, laid out on a page, and printed on paper
like this:
 
and it was good.
but then they  made the internets
so we changed stuff
 
and that wasn’t bad, at first
but the content was … printy.
and people started to like  talking to each other online
but they couldn’t talk to us
so they went  someplace else  to talk
chatrooms. listservs.  blogs.
so the bosses said - HEY!
‘ come back! we got news!’
so they added blogs. and audio.  and video. and community-produced content.
and it was  good …
But how was it  supposed to  work?
 
Where there multiple blogs?
 
who edited them?
 
and wait …  didn’t the print people need help blogging to begin with?
 
whew…..
Let’s step back.
what’s good about blogs? • conversational • regular updates • links to more material • discussion in comments • niche/rele...
can’t  newspapers  do that?
without … • losing reporting credibility • creating stupid workflows • abusing overworked writers • being afraid of our au...
Maybe it’s time to try something  new.
    Laura Fries   laurafries.com  •  laura@laurafries.com web director, association of alternative newsweeklies presentati...
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This is a presentation I gave during the Poynter Institute for Media Studies' Young Journalists Summer Fellowship in July 2007.

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History of Blogs in the Newsroom

  1. 1. what’s a blog?
  2. 2. history
  3. 3. before the internets
  4. 4. (tubes!)
  5. 5. we had reporters who wrote for newspapers
  6. 6. an editor would assign stuff like photos and sidebars
  7. 7. it would all get edited, laid out on a page, and printed on paper
  8. 8. like this:
  9. 10. and it was good.
  10. 11. but then they made the internets
  11. 12. so we changed stuff
  12. 14. and that wasn’t bad, at first
  13. 15. but the content was … printy.
  14. 16. and people started to like talking to each other online
  15. 17. but they couldn’t talk to us
  16. 18. so they went someplace else to talk
  17. 19. chatrooms. listservs. blogs.
  18. 20. so the bosses said - HEY!
  19. 21. ‘ come back! we got news!’
  20. 22. so they added blogs. and audio. and video. and community-produced content.
  21. 23. and it was good …
  22. 24. But how was it supposed to work?
  23. 26. Where there multiple blogs?
  24. 28. who edited them?
  25. 30. and wait … didn’t the print people need help blogging to begin with?
  26. 32. whew…..
  27. 33. Let’s step back.
  28. 34. what’s good about blogs? • conversational • regular updates • links to more material • discussion in comments • niche/relevant topics • easy to create/edit • plays well with other technologies
  29. 35. can’t newspapers do that?
  30. 36. without … • losing reporting credibility • creating stupid workflows • abusing overworked writers • being afraid of our audience
  31. 37. Maybe it’s time to try something new.
  32. 38. Laura Fries laurafries.com •  laura@laurafries.com web director, association of alternative newsweeklies presentation given at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, June 2007

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