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Links 1 through 10 of 185 by sarah hartley tagged blogging

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Is the media industry in turmoil? Sure it is. And everywhere you look there are “amateur bloggers” causing trouble by disobeying the supposed laws of journalism — whether by quoting anonymous sources or engaging in conflicts of interest, or a hundred other things that “real” journalists supposedly never do. But licensing some small group of journalists and excluding others would not resolve any of those issues (although it might reduce the numbers of people engaging in them). All it would do is restrict the amount of information available, and that’s a much bigger problem.

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To re-quote Annie, quoting Katie …the aim “is to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavour to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again”.

Life is sometimes easier with a little structure and there are rules to the project:

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With social networks competing for our attention, personal blogs that didn't professionalize -- turning into miniature versions of the publishing behemoths they were intended to overturn in the first place, completing a dance of mutual co-option -- simply became ghost towns.

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I partly see this as yet another aspect of the industry which is pushing the concept of fair payment as far as it will go while wannabe writers are happy to sit back and take it. If increasing amounts of people are happy to write for nothing, what happens to those who aren’t, and, even more worryingly, those who haven’t been throughout their careers? Furthermore, if we become a generation happy to remain unpaid (which we are, if you hadn’t noticed), then what happens when we start to demand payment? And to the next crop of new journalists?

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We’re very much in the news business but on a very small scale. We wanted to get away from deadlines and pressures that cause papers and news bulletins to churn out the same press releases across the day.

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Turned out pro-am - at least in the context of this conference - was a Jay Rosen term and given that he is an influential voice in the world of journalism (someone I read and follow on Twitter, for a start) I guess I'll be hearing the phrase a lot more. But, frankly, I'm sick of determinations.

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Our newsroom salaries for full-time employees, for example (which include bonuses and benefits) are now higher than at many companies in the traditional news industry. Because the digital news business is quite different from the traditional news business, we often promote from within, and we've had the huge pleasure of watching folks who joined us as interns grow up to take leadership positions. True, we can't yet toss around the $300,000-$500,000 a year per brand-name columnist that Huffington Post and Daily Beast are now reportedly tossing around. But, in future years, if we keep doing what we think we can do, we should be able to pay our top people a lot more than we do today.

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Sneering at bloggers was a way journalists avoided confronting these developments. In short "this is fucking neurotic."

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Wylio is the extra mustard, hold the pickles, all-in-one picture finder and re-sizer made specifically for bloggers. We are the quickest way for you to get a photo into your next blog post.

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