Taking a break from SPJ Conference activities to catch up with what’s caught my attention in the online journalism blogosphere (and beyond) heading into the weekend:
• Do professional journalists even exist any more? If the definition of journalism is guaranteed to change as the digital age marches on, then what of those practicing the craft? I’m not buying every point here, but the discussion’s a worthy one to have.
• Wanna be a digital poet? A current Knight News Challenge recipient says none of us has anything to lose by applying for grant money. My problem: Haiku or Sonnet?
• Paul Bradshaw marks his 1,000th blog post with a lengthy list of what he’s learned from it all. I especially like No. 56: “As a journalist, blogging is a good way to rediscover the joy of journalism.”
• But an aspiring journalist is dismayed at how one of her professors is dissing many things digital: “I hoped that perhaps my teacher would be open to the idea of investigating other sources of news from the Internet and discussing how they are reliable or not. I hoped that she wouldn’t refer to podcasts as ‘being a pain to download’ and that being aware of and involved in the digital era wasn’t just a ‘generational’ thing.”
• Innnnnn sports! . . . . . The NFL is offering some limited free live streaming options that is a modest signal of being consumer-friendly. But upping online highlight limits only from 60 to 90 seconds online in a 24-hour period still absurdly handcuffs media outlets.
Solution suggested: There are more creative ways to cover sporting events than relying on highlights, locker room interviews and standard post-game talking head mumblings. Still, the No Fun League needs to get off its proprietary high horse in the same way NBC does about the Olympics. Both have a lot more to gain by shedding those old ways more robustly than they are now.
• Christopher Hitchens’ self-styled political contrarianism has always seemed a bit contrived (a contrarian for contrarian’s sake?) to me. But his lament for a living, breathing Bohemia seems truly genuine and heartfelt. His writings on culture and the arts are his best.
• And Martha Stewart is on WordPress. What took her so long?