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blogging and journalism

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.

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Jeff Sparrow is the former editor of Overland. He is the co-author (with Jill Sparrow) of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, the editor (with Antony Loewenstein) of Left Turn: Essays for the New Left and the author of Communism: a love story, Killing: Misadventures in violence, and Money Shot: A Journey into Censorship and Porn.  On Twitter, he's @Jeff_Sparrow.

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  1. I don’t think it’s necessary to respond to every comment any more, Jeff. I used to do it until it got up to 60 and more comments and I couldn’t keep up. Now I don’t respond to any except the ones which end with a question. It’s a blog not a conversation.

  2. Oh, that wasn’t meant to be a personal whinge. I like blogging — but that’s largely cos I do it when I feel like it. If I had News Corp telling me to do it, I reckon I might think differently.

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