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Most recent entry: October 30, 2005 09:57 AM

Help keep the dialogue going!

Conference attendees, please post your thoughts on interesting ideas you've heard or discussions you've had at the conference; reactions to comments others have made at the conference or on this blog; or any other ideas or opinions related to the subjects discussed at the conference.

If you have your own blog, feel free to double-post your comments here as well and include a link to your blog.

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“Bloggers” vs. “Dinosaurs”

Note to both sides: Get a grip.

“Bloggers,” you are not the center of the universe nor will you be the only players left standing in the future.

“Dinosaurs,” there’s no need to be threatened. Integrity never goes out of fashion.

You are ALL a part of a vibrant mosaic, lucky enough to live in a country that allows you to openly express your opinions and write about wrongs. You inform, you entertain, you annoy, you contribute.

The sniping and name-calling is such a wasteful exercise. Why get bogged down in self-absorbed “I’m the future and you’re history” or “Learn how to spell, kid,” warfare?

This was my first (and possibly last) ONA convention. I didn’t actually see much of it because I was volunteering with Student Newsroom Project, producers of this Web site.

But what I did see left me with the impression that, on both “sides,” there’s a marked lack of respect and recognition of the privilege that you possess.

Respect, learn from and make room for one another in a free society.

And finally, step outside of your insular worlds from time to time and heed Sandy Close’s call to build community. Including your own.

Michelle Johnson
Boston, Mass.

October 30, 2005 09:57 AM (Permalink)


la monica here again. forgot to finish my p.s. on the previous posting. these things happen, especially when stopping a thought and starting a drink. my bad. here's the full p.s.:

p.s. i hate to just use a link and not the full story, but most of the others posts here were fairly short so i decided to keep the theme going. plus, i'm secretly a page-view hoarding freak.

October 29, 2005 11:30 PM (Permalink)

The goings-on upstairs

After listening to a panel discussion about blogging, the blogosphere and every adjectival use of the word blog, I strolled the halls of the Hilton Hotel with Web friend Shawna.

We walked out into the foyer and there he was . . . The Don. In all his glory. In all his diamonds. In all his hair.

Not content with just being at a web conference –- translation: free day off disguised as occupational betterment -– I decided to act. It was time to blog.
That was a snippet from my Keyboard Quarterbacks sports blog on Friday. Feel free to read the rest at http://www.newsday.com/sports/weblog.

-- Mark La Monica, Newsday.com

p.s. i hate to

October 29, 2005 11:27 PM (Permalink)

Participatory journalism baby steps

Not sure all this qualifies -- and much of it isn't necessarily innovative, but it is for us.

We have recently introduced blog software on STLtoday.com (the site of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) the site, finally, and have a handful of staff and have a number of staff and community-based blogs. I'm ticked with how our political correspondent has dived into the water -- along with several colleagues -- in her Political Fix blog. She clearly gets blogging -- and comments are a big part of the attraction to her blog.

One of our blogs (purists likely would not call this a blog) is our "Talk of the Day," which tries to carefully frame an issue -- our guess at the "talk" story of the day -- and invite readers to discuss it. We also invite readers to suggest a talk of the day, but that doesn't get much response. (NOTE: This was shamelessly stolen from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, which did it for a long time during its AOL years.)

We also replaced our intern's 20-Buck Bernie entertainment column with a new columnist that we recruited through an invitation to the public. We had more than 80 submissions to replace the intern when he was going back to school, which we winnowed down in a "Survivor" type contest. I consider that participatory journalism.

October 29, 2005 05:35 PM (Permalink)

Participatory journalism

Has your organization committed acts of participatory journalism? Is it planning to? We're inviting everyone who has explored these techniques to report it here in this blog. Info will be culled from the blog and a list drawn up and made public. Let's see what we're all up to. Thanks!

October 29, 2005 04:23 PM (Permalink)

Live blogs from the convention

Here are some participants blogging the ONA convention:

Susan Mernit’s blog
Cory Bergman's Lost Remote
Klastrup’s cataclysms

October 29, 2005 02:32 PM (Permalink)

Student work

Just wanted to do a shameless plug for our new student Web zine, Speakeasy.

Check it out at www.speakeasymag.com.

It is completely organized by students... and was actually inspired by last year's "Survivor" panel. Please send us some feedback at editor@speakeasymag.com.

Cara McCoy and Meghan Louttit, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University

October 28, 2005 03:35 PM (Permalink)

Arthur Sulzberger

Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Kudos to ONA for getting Pinch as keynoter.

After his speech, a questioner asked Sulzberger's reaction to published commentary suggesting he was unfit to lead the Times. His reply:

"F-ck 'em if they can't take a joke."

-- Stuart Chirls, The Journal of Commerce Online

October 28, 2005 01:20 PM (Permalink)

Welcome to the 2005 conference blog

Got a burning question that you didn't get the chance to ask? A keen observation that just can't wait? You're invited to continue the dialogue in this virtual space. Happy blogging.

-Eric Ulken / latimes.com producer (and occasional ONA conference website monkey)

October 27, 2005 10:35 PM (Permalink)

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