Well, fancy that: Felix Salmon

Posted on March 21, 2011


     My beloved PRSA emails introduced me to a Thomson Reuters blogger named Felix Salmon (@FelixReuters), who recently posted his take on the relationship between blogging and journalism that I found to be worth sharing.
     He was posting his responses to another feature writer’s questions and here are some good points that he made:

  1. “I find pretty big differences in how I write, depending on whether it’s for a traditional media outlet or for the blog. I have a more conversational voice on the blog — I think of any given post as being part of a much broader conversation between bloggers and between me and my readers.” —– I think this is the best way to approach any blogging, and it is what I try to do with mine as well. He also said that nearly all of his posts are reactions to something else online, which is something else I like to do. When you react to things that are already online, you can link to pages and increase your Search Engine Optimization.

  2. “The main impact I think is the way that blog reporting can iterate. In traditional media, you report the story and then you publish it; with blogs, you can start with something much less fully formed and then come back at it over time in many ways and from many angles.”—— Oh, there have been so many times that I have found additional information for my T&C articles AFTER they have already been published! Especially when dealing with uncooperative police officers on crime cases, who call me back two or three days later with that info I really really needed.

  3. “Blogging has clearly given readers a much wider range of news sources to choose from, and it’s great that readers are no longer confined to getting their news from a handful of outlets.”——As someone who is incredibly impatient when it comes to learning news, I completely agree with this statement. However, as someone who writes for and manages a small weekly publication, I hate that any edge we could have on a breaking campus story is always dulled by speculation on the internet.

Please, I encourage you to view the whole post and let me know whether you agree with Felix’s statements like I do, or disagree. I hope you found this post as interesting as I did!

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