This is the first time I’ve ever seen an editor intervene to calm down rude blogging responses and defend a j-blogger online.  See this posting at Michel Vastel’s blog at L’Actualité


Word error on survey

July 27, 2006

This week I realised that we had written “renumerate” in the survey instead of “remunerate.”  I read the correct word in the newspaper, thought that was a typo, looked it up, and knew immediately I had missed this error in proofing the survey.  I never knew the correct word was the latter (neither did 3 other test readers, or perhaps it’s just easy to skim past) although in hindsight it makes sense that “numerate” would be a terrible way to name being paid. Somehow it slipped by because the association with numbers.   

If it helps at all, I am getting my ears checked today because I have been hard of hearing lately…!

I thought this was an exceptional spread through the Ottawa Citizen, that I actually found via the Windsor Star through CanWest content sharing — reporter Chris Lackner’s road trip discovery of the Underground Railroad.  A blog is part of the feature, but it seems they’ve really got some neat design ideas on the go and they’ve gotten very creative with the presentation and narratiion  narration. I actually didn’t find it by the keyword blog; I saw the link to the feature on the railroad and had a hunch it would use a blog, blogs being a good medium for travel writing.   Again – goes to show that we may be missing all kinds of blogs because they aren’t indexed that way. 

Blogger sues after employer says ‘au revoir.’

I’ve NOT sent the invitation to people keeping blogs on MSM websites who are clearly framed NOT as journalists but as civilians doing interesting things keeping a blog.  If it is ambiguous whether or not the person is a journalist, I am sending the survey.  One individual has already written back to ask if s/he should complete the survey because s/he does not self-identify as a journalist. 

It’s interesting to see the way that some writers reflect on their writing process and the meaning of the journalism work they do in a blog form…and also how this relates to the difficulty of classifying blogs as narrative types.  This musing is from  Elizabeth Withey at the Emonton Journal, who in the same weeks wrote about topics as diverse as being a bridesmaid and Edmonton provincial politics: 

I’m having trouble writing about all my Ontario adventures last week because I feel preoccupied and distressed about the situation in the Middle East. Everything I’d write about — the humidity, the dizzying (and nauseating) abundance of multi-coloured Crocs footwear, the wine sampling in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the sour milk I accidentally drank at the CN Tower — seems so trivial. I can’t imagine going on summer vacation with my family only to find myself stuck abroad in a war zone, terrorized by air raids, unable to get to safety until the government came to rescue me.

In some ways the blog form reminds me of the emergence of the novel as a literary genre, in the sense that suddenly there is a proliferation of personal detail and personal consciousness available through that form.  And it’s neat that so many journalists manage both to do “straight” commentary about politics mixed with personal musings. 

The most J-blogs

July 21, 2006

The Winnipeg Free Press features 15 J-blogs.

J-blogs without email

July 21, 2006

I am surprised that so many j-bloggers don’t post an email address.

Citizen blogs

July 14, 2006

I was confused because I thought “citizen blogs” at the Ottawa Citizen were by….citizens…but this seems to be not the case.