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"Likewise, his contention that “blogging is an ego-intensive process” has to grapple with the fact that some of the best blogging is just the reverse. It doesn’t square with examples such as Jim Romenesko, whose art is meticulously effacing himself from the world he covers, leaving a digest rich with voice and judgment so veiled you barely even notice someone’s behind it. In fact, contra Ambinder, I’ve found that one of the most difficult types of blogging to teach traditional reporters is this very trick of being a listener and reader first, suppressing the impulse to develop your own take until you’ve surveyed others and brought the best of them to your crowd. Devoid as it is of links, non-Web journalism often fosters a pride of ownership that can become insidious — a constant race to generate information that might not actually help us understand the world any better, but is (1) new and (2) yours. Unchecked, that leads inevitably to this."
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"One reason seekers of news are abandoning print newspapers for the Internet has nothing directly to do with technology. It’s that newspaper articles are too long. On the Internet, news articles get to the point. Newspaper writing, by contrast, is encrusted with conventions that don’t add to your understanding of the news.
"...In the financial crisis, NYT & other papers seem to have given reporters more leeway to express their opinions directly. Editors may have realized these issues are hard enough to explain w/o running into roadblocks at every turn labeled Warning: Opinion Territory Ahead. But old wordy conventions survive. Quotes from strangers restating the reporter’s opinion. Adding protective qualifiers to statements abt which there is no real doubt (as in: bonus restrictions “may have” backfired). Also, a headline “Windfall Seen as Bonuses Are Paid in Stock” attributes the article’s conclusion to unnamed others. Somebody sees a windfall. We’re just telling you about it."
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"I like to preach that journalism equals content plus engagement. I tell students that they can write an incredibly important story, but it isn’t journalism unless people - hopefully lots of people - consume it. Important but boring is not journalism. Something no one reads but the writer is not journalism. That’s more like a diary entry - perhaps helpful to the writer but certainly not journalism."
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Tony Pierce is "The third LAister to be hired away by the Times: In July sports and entertainment bloggers were called up to The Show. It’s tempting to think that the Times is making a full commitment to embracing the blogosphere. Well, maybe..."
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"Too many govt sites [inflict upon us a] tsunami of policies, procedures and publications in meaningless language. Govt web professionals know this and are struggling to convince their senior managers that the web is not the nirvana of vanity publishing."