Please suggest any sites you think I should follow. I’ll update my bundle with them.
The Queen’s Media and Journalism Conference
I enjoyed the opportunity Saturday to attend the Queen’s University Media and Journalism Conference in Kingston.
I spoke as part of a panel discussing journalism trends and direction. It was a wide-ranging and enjoyable conversation with fellow panels Allison Cross (Postmedia), Nick Taylor-Vaisey (OpenFile), Jordan Press (Postmedia), and Matt Hartley (Postmedia). Tony Orr (K-Rock 105.7 and faculty member at Loyalist College) joined in the discussion from the audience and was a defacto member of the panel.
I greatly enjoyed the discussion and, being the outlying freelancer, I took decisively different positions from my fellow panelists. Sadly, 90 minutes does not give enough time to show how nuanced our viewpoints were and that we’re not as far apart on how to respond to the fundamental challenges facing our trade.
All five of us arrived in the morning to teach workshops and spend time speaking with students outside of the lecture theatres, answering questions, exchanging “war stories”, and offering tips of the trade to aspiring students who plan to pursue journalism – otherwise known as our soon-to-be competition.
The determination I saw in the Queen’s students at the conference impressed me. All showed a clear understanding they’ll have to work to make it in journalism and there is no entitlement in this trade.
The much too quick pitch for blogging with WordPress
My workshop was a very brief introduction to WordPress and blogging. I started blogging with no intention of entering journalism and it was my blog that brought me to the attention of Maclean’s, resulting in my eventual recruitment and journalism career.
My advice to the students – blog often, blog about now, blog about ideas, blog about moments, blog about what you’re thinking, blog anything you would discuss at a dining hall table with your professor present.
(I took my own advice and blogged Saturday night about creating an urban oasis in Hamilton)
I also told them to experiment and don’t be afraid to blow things up. I blew up my blog the weekend before the conference and am still putting it back together. Don’t ever be afraid to renovate a blog and have a messy floor while you do it.
Following blogs with RSS
I promised to share my RSS feeds of all the journalism related websites I follow in Google Reader.
(Not using Google Reader or sure what RSS is? Start here)
71 Journalism and Journalism Related Blogs to Follow
Read QMJC attendee Claire Owens’ blog post about the event: a QMJC scare for the future.
Below is a list of 71 journalism and journalism blogs I follow in my RSS reader. I provide my own brief description of each blog. For visibility, I’ve bolded those sites that I feel you should absolutely read and subscribe to RSS feeds for.