The Hour & blogs

July 13, 2006

I just saw that the CBC’s the hour links to a number of fanblogs of the show and other blogs (via insidethecbc.ca). 
 

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CBC now has a blog

July 3, 2006

Just read this on Ouimet, posted June 29:

Tonight the CBC gets serious about sanctioned corporate blogging by launching inside the CBC, a news/gossip/hype blog. But it’s not written by a committee or by a communications flunkie. It’s written by lockout blogger, podcast visionary, dot-com millionaire, high school dropout, CBC freelancer, and CMG member Tod Maffin.

I can’t see a link to it on the CBC home page. 
 

One interesting thing I’ve observed in reading all old CBC lockout blogs and up to date blogs is the commentary about journalism, objectivity and observation. 

During the lockout one journalist writes that he just couldn’t get into the picketing because for his whole journalistic career he’s been trained to be an observer.   So what would it mean for a journalist to start marching in the Labour Day parade?   Those musings are found: 

http://nosepressedtoglass.blogspot.com/2005/08/girding-for-battle-once-again.html

The radio host from Roots and Wings, Philly Markovitz writes extensively about her support for Jim Loney and the CPT during the abduction:

http://phillyathome.blogspot.com/

Finally, this interesting comment from a B.C. CBC TV journalist during the lockout:

“It’s television aimed at the politics of pleasing annual mandate, development and regionalism reports. But BROAD casting, it ain’t. Most of the people working on the program(s) don’t watch. Yet they are the first to defend the ideas and principles of what we are doing. There must be a connection between viewing (listening/reading) and mandate. And we have to get back to that place (in TV, we’ve rarely been there).”

Is there something about the formal environment of institutions like the CBC that makes it difficult or impossible to really take risks with ideas?  Is there something in blogging that helps people break out of those formal ways of thinking?  

I can’t help but draw an analogy here with the experience of theolgians with the church.   It is amazing to me how much the discourse around the CBC among journalists is almost identical to discourse about the church among theolgians.  

Everybody hopes to belong to it to fulfill some kind of broad service and vocation to the public, the past, and the future, but nobody feels that the structure really represents the authentic voice of the people….in both cases the sign of commitment seems to be a lament for a deeper transformation.      

Significance?  

I’m not sure what this will mean for blogging and online news, but it could be interesting:

http://www.editorsweblog.org/print_newspapers/2006/04/cbcca_to_revamp_site_for_10th_anniversar.php

We took some time off and now I am back on the horse to gear up for full time work and make up some missed hours.

I am not sure why there is such a divide between CBC.ca [really only CBC 1&2] vs. CBC 3, but it seems that all of the new media and experimental online work is being done on CBC 3.   If I search CBC 1&2 for blog, all I find is outdated links– things like the election blog, an Oscars blog, etc (I have a complete spreadsheet of those findings).    CBC 3 by contrast is different – the very site is structured as a blog and it is going for the multimedia feel with a combination of music, blog, various cultural tidbits.   A combination of new music and intelligensia youngish article links. Obviously the “reaching out to young people” CBC – a shame, it seems, it is so damned hard to find. 

Today: compiled a spreadsheet of all the blogs by CBC journalists and employees I could find through various links from CBC three.   The website Planet CBC  has feeds from “known blogs” by CBC journalists as well as an extensive blogroll.  More than half the sites from the blogroll are defunct or are only Lockout blogs, but a few are still active (will archive content of spreadsheet).  It seems the main man of CBC blogging is Todd Maffin.  There are tons of links available to  relevant sites.

So far have seen about 11 active and oft-referenced CBC employee blogs and another 15 or so that seem pretty inactive and/or never referenced by anyone.  But a couple, although I don’t see references to them are really quite interesting: for example the blog of Ottawa-based journalist Hadeel:  

http://sparkslockout.blogspot.com/