NEW YORK TIMES TO RESPOND?

Greensboro’s News & Record has gone blog crazy:

The News & Record’s Web site features 11 staff-written Web journals, or blogs, including one by the editor that answers readers’ questions, addresses their criticisms and discusses how the paper is run.

That would be John Robinson’s charming Editor’s Log. Check ‘em out: The Chalkboard, The Lex Files, The Inside Scoop, The Front Pew, Thinking Out Loud, Off the Record, Biz Buzz, Fast Forward, Sports Extra, and (we’re in North Carolina, remember) a NASCAR blog called The Spotter. All feature comments. Note the snappiness and brevity of entries; these guys are good.

UPDATE. Jay Rosen was on to this back in January (via Jeff Jarvis). Meanwhile, in other newpaper-blog-interface news, Dr. Rusty Shackleford draws attention to a UPI piece on a blog study out earlier this month:

There may be more liberal blogs than conservative ones on the Internet, but the conservatives appear to be much more adept at employing the technology of the medium to market their message and influence public opinion, experts told UPI’s The Web.

Take last year’s presidential election. Research shows conservatives used the blogs—a contraction for the term, Web logs—to talk down Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on the Internet, perhaps making themselves one of the decisive factors in the November election’s outcome.

Leftist blogs talked down George W. Bush, too … but it didn’t seem to work, did it? Possibly they were under-funded. That Soros fellow really should’ve helped out.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/28/2005 at 09:43 AM
    1. Oh look, ‘it’s all in the framing’ is back, and it has new pants.

      Posted by Achillea on 2005 03 28 at 02:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wow! Almost forty years ago my first ever job (for a couple of months) was home-delivery of this rag.  I still check it out when visiting the Triad, and to this day their lignin and lampblack editorial slant is full-franchise Gray Lady/DNC. Hard to imagine they’d coutenance sane blogging.

      Posted by Extree on 2005 03 28 at 05:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. There may be more liberal blogs, but the ones I’ve checked out don’t give me anything I’m not already hearing from the LA Times and CBS.  And if I want to hear anything from Daily Kos and the DU, all I have to do is wait a week and Nancy Pelosi will declare it as Democratic Party policy…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 03 28 at 09:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. Actually, the San Diego Union-Tribune has had blogs for a few years now.

      I have to wonder, what is it about basic research that bothers journalists so?

      Posted by mythusmage on 2005 03 28 at 09:29 PM • permalink

 

  1. IMHO the main difference between conservative and liberal blogs is the amount of screeching that goes on in the liberal ones. It is difficult to influence people if you are continually screeching at them.

    Posted by Abu Qa’Qa on 2005 03 29 at 07:06 AM • permalink