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History of Blogs in the Newsroom
 

History of Blogs in the Newsroom

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This is a presentation I gave during the Poynter Institute for Media Studies' Young Journalists Summer Fellowship in July 2007.

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 History of Blogs in the Newsroom Presentation Transcript

    • 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/relevant topics • easy to create/edit • plays well with other technologies
    • can’t newspapers do that?
    • without … • losing reporting credibility • creating stupid workflows • abusing overworked writers • being afraid of our audience
    • Maybe it’s time to try something new.
    • Laura Fries laurafries.com •  laura@laurafries.com web director, association of alternative newsweeklies presentation given at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, June 2007