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September 09, 2005
Blogging toward Jerusalem
For a fascinating example of a mainstream paper plowing into blogs, check out the Jerusalem Post. (Thanks Scott). I spent more time than I should have on Friday reading a theological debate concerning connections between Katrina and Gaza--and questions of divine retribution. I like the feel the blogs give for day-to-day life in Israel. Whether in New York or Tel Aviv, these are areas where mainstream journalism tends to be weak.
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so, why aren't there more mainstream journalist day to day life blogs? there's no adman to pay back and the stories are likely more interesting/fulfilling to write. is it a time constraint for a journalist with deadlines to meet?
isn't the appeal of "no editors" worth the effort it takes to maintain a blog? is there a legal ramification for you folks to write outside of the job?
Posted by: jbr at September 12, 2005 05:18 PM
It's a really good question. It's a different kind of writing and you have to try it out before you understand the appeal. And maybe for daily reporters who are so focused on reporting, writing and editing a story in a set amount of time, it seems a little daunting. Though I don't think it should. Blogging is rewarding in other ways. I can write about reporting I can't use in an article and discuss ideas with people, to help me come up with a more solid take on things. And yes, the freedom of not being edited is appealing. But I wouldn't want to give up writing articles, because it plunges you into another kind of mindset.
Posted by: Heather Green at September 13, 2005 10:57 AM