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Buffalo in the online world

The new issue of Spree magazine has an interesting story on the state of local online media that asks the question:

Is there a war going on in Buffalo’s online media world? And if so, is anyone paying attention to it? The answers seem to be maybe and absolutely.

I was one of the folks interviewed for the story. News Editor Margaret Sullivan was, as well.

I didn't get into the "war" angle, but instead answered a series of questions posed by Spree Associate Editor Christopher Schobert about what we're doing here at The News and how I go about my job as a blogger. Actually, one part blogger, about three or four parts print reporter.

As I told Schobert:

I think a well-done blog—that is, one where the writer does his homework as opposed to simply venting—can strike a chord with readers who want ‘tell it like it is’ journalism without all the blah-blah-blah that comes with so-called ‘objective reporting,’ which all too often is the byproduct of lazy, timid reporting. But it’s a fine line to tread.

The full Q&A can be found here, along with several others, including Chris Smith and Marc Odien of, two of the sharpest minds in town on this stuff.

Spree is hosting a panel discussion Nov. 5 as a followup to the story. I'll be a panelist, along with the aforementioned Smith and Odien and several others, including Geoff Kelly from Artvoice and Brian Connolly, online editor here at The News.

The theme of the discussion is "Journalism on the brink: When the daily paper becomes the daily blog, who wins and who loses?" The yakking commences at 7 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.



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