How blogging has changed journalism

I’m a keen follower of the blogs posted by Betsan Powys, the BBC’s political editor in Wales. I learn more about what’s really happening from her blogging than from her more formal reporting on radio or TV. She recently ‘live-blogged’ for the first time but, as far as I know, she’s yet to tweet! You can judge her work for yourself by going to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/betsanpowys/

The importance that the BBC now pays to blogging has been highlighted by Kevin Marsh, head of the BBC College of Journalism. He points out that correspondents are now happy to break big stories on their blogs rather than in bulletins. You can read what he has to say here: http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=44903&c=1

We encourage our journalism students to start blogging – you can see why!

James Stewart

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One Response to How blogging has changed journalism

  1. I believe that blogging can help many enterprising students, in journalism and other subjects for example photography students could talk about their work; a form of photo journalism.

    And the sooner you join the blogosphere, the more material you will have to showcase.

    By blogging, both journalists and budding journalists can get noticed. Some websites have a section just for Young Journalists and allow you contribute, and list your specialist writing skills – linking back to your blog. What a great way for publications looking for freelancer writers to find the writing style they like and topics they are interested in.

    I studied Marketing at the University of Glamorgan, and went on to run a successful internet business ten years ago. I have managed to keep my privately owned and my success was dependent on regularly Making My Voice Heard online. Sometimes this means “volunteering information”; not being paid directly for your time but the rewards coming back in a more roundabout way. Yes, it takes effort and commitment – just like real life, but those who put in the efforts reap the rewards. It is another way of networking really.

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