Thursday, May 04, 2006

Why blog?

In a worried voice, Beth Duff-Brown, the AP bureau chief for Toronto, recently asked me what my classmates and I thought about entering the newspaper business during its downward spiral. She said that when she first started, newspaper reporting was at its prime and was an exciting profession to get into. Why, she asked, would you enter the profession now?
I told her that the value of thoughtful analysis and reasoned, accurate reporting was not going away. In fact, the digital revolution, though perhaps spelling the decline of the print medium, proved more than ever that humans have a voracious appetite for information. People with my skill set – the ability to write well and think critically – will always be in demand in a free society.
A good blog, the newest news medium, comprises those skills and that's why I write.

...Now the problem is to find out how to earn a living off it.

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