30 January 2009 Main Posts blogging and journalism Jeff Sparrow Margaret Simons has an interesting piece about how much blogging has changed journalists’ perception of their work. Paul Bradshaw says this of his survey: As I pored over the results, I was surprised at just how much these journalists felt their work had been changed by the simple act of blogging. I had expected some effect on their relationship with the “former audience,” but what surprised me most was when more than half of the blogging journalists said this relationship had been “enormously” or “completely” transformed. In most cases, the journalists’ reaction seems largely positive. I did, however, note this response: Well, you never finish, do you? You write something that may or may not spark a conversation, and you’ve got to be ready for that conversation even if it happens months later. If you’re blogging from home, that sense of never finishing is probably a good thing. But if you’re a professional journalist, it might well have other connotations. It would be interesting to know how many people working in the media saw the interactivity of blogging as simply adding to their responsibilities. Not only do you write your story but you’re expected to post it somewhere and then respond, often on your own time, to anyone who comments. Jeff Sparrow Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley Award-winning writer, broadcaster and former editor of Overland. More by Jeff Sparrow Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?