Saturday, February 25, 2006

Blogging, anyone?

More missives from the Rethinking Journalism Education conference...

If he had two candidates who were equally well qualified, and one of them blogged, Howard Owens said he'd hire the blogger. Why?

"It indicates a passion about the web," said Owens, who is VP/Interactive for The Bakersfield Californian.

Bill Gannon, editorial director and managing editor of Yahoo! News said, "The great thing about blogging is that is reveals talent and passion."

Here are the kinds of candidates Chris Jennewein says he doesn't hire: "It's as if they have a vision of the way things were, not the way they can be."

What he wants is people who are risk-takers, says Jennewein, director of internet operations at the Union-Tribune Publishing Co., San Diego. He reminded educators at the Morro Bay conference that new types of media mean new opportunities for their students.

"Your students have got a great future," Gannon said. "I want you to be as encouraged about the future as we are. I think that the future is indeed incredibly bright."

8 comments:

Jess Mao said...

Although I agree that the web is a great way for students and others to receive news and information as well as a great way to show talent and passion, I must say that not all students are willing to take the time to go read the blogs. For most students, I believe that it would seem as a hassel to read a blog especially because blogs are seen as a type of diary or journal. Official news carries more weight and authority for students and the general public.

Danielle said...

I agree with Jess. Not everyone is willing to take the time to read blogs, and I don't think that it means that someone isn't passionate about the web. I personally do not blog at all, unless it's required for classes. That doesn't mean that I shouldn't be hired for a job.

Shawn Camilleri said...

I also have to agree with my fellow students. I do not think that blogs are really seen as official news. They are purely opinion and with out much credibility. I think that if newspapers, or the news in general shifted to using blogs as a staple, they would find themselves in a lot more trouble than they currently are.
Also, I wonder if it would be considered discrimination for someone to be hired over another with the same qualifications just because they blog. What if the other candidate chose to go hiking every day, that makes him passionate about the outdoors? Should he then be hired for a park ranger position? I don't think that blogging should have any weight on whether or not someone is hired for a job. They can be just as passionate about the internet with out writing blogs.
I don't want to completely disagree though, I must say that since the news has become so readily avaiable on the internet that many more people are accessing it and actually paying attention to it. The internet may very well be the future of our news industry.

Jeannette M. said...

I personally don't blog and I'll have to agree that blogging doesn’t necessarily mean that one individual has more “passion about the web” than another. Bloggers can be absolutely anyone. The web is undoubtedly a place for people to speak their minds and occasionally be heard through blogging. I wouldn’t consider a twelve year old boy giving daily updates on his new dog Spike talented (no offense). I guess my point is that people often use blogging as a way to express themselves in a journal-like way that is often extremely informal and amateurish. Just because it’s on the web and available to a large audience doesn’t make it good, credible, interesting, more passionate, or qualified for a job.

I do agree with Shawn in that the web is unavoidably becoming a dominating medium that reaches people everywhere 24/7 and should be treated with the importance that reflects those facts.

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sam said...

i am extremely sorry, i agree with Jess and Danielle, people are not reading the blogs the way they are suppose to. I personally, had never used one before, and even finding this one was a challenge for me. I hope to have something more enlightening next time.

Rachel Dahlstedt said...

I would have to say that before I took my first PR class last semester I never knew what blogging even was. I had to go to a seminar on blogging. There I found out what it was and how it was changing journalism. I am very skeptic when it comes to blogging because one you don't know the credibility of the author, and it takes a lot of time to read them. I am having the hardest time just leaving this comment on here for class. I'm a business major and I can't stand to do stuff like this. I have just never been introduced to anything such as blogging.

nikiraaji (Raji) said...

i agree with the students above. Although web is a great resource for expressing your opinions the credibility and passion for journalism can not be determined by blogging a candidate does. For some students doing a blog is impossible due to their busy schedule with school and work. Also blogs are considered online journals or diaries...not a credible source for information, granted rarely some bloggers might site a credible soucrces to support their claims.