Blogging and Journalism

April 21st, 2009 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

I spoke to the conference on Sunday about blogging, and whether it is entertainment or citizen journalism (I say both). I was on a panel with Keith Ng and Robyn Gallagher and I thought the session went well. There was some great questions and discussion with the audience. I quipped at the beginning that I wanted to swap water glasses with Keith in case of poison :-) but had nothing to worry about – it was a very good natured session.

That leads me to this blog entry a blog I read had linked to, about ten journalism rules you can and should break on your blog:

  1. Use partial or fake names
  2. Tell part of the story
  3. Insert opinion
  4. Link to a report rather than rewrite it
  5. Link to background rather than repeat it
  6. Link to the enemy
  7. Use second person or even first person
  8. Get personal
  9. Answer your critics or supporters
  10. Fix your mistakes rather than just publish a correction

At the conference I did a comparison of NZ blogs to UK newspapers. The UK is lucky enough to have ten or so daily newspapers, and each has their own niche. They are best summed up in this Yes Minister scene (which I played at the conference).

So my local comparisons were:

  • Daily Telegraph – Kiwiblog
  • Financial Times – Bernard Hickey
  • The Times – Public Address
  • The Guardian – No Right Turn
  • The Independent – Tumeke!
  • Daily Express – No Minister
  • Daily Mail – Winston Peters
  • Daily Mirror – The Standard
  • The Sun – Whale Oil

People can make their own additional suggestions I am sure!

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20 Responses to “Blogging and Journalism”

  1. Monty (964 comments) says:

    My God Whale and Cactus were right when they expelled you from the VRWC – you did go and talk to a Young Labour conference – Hang your head in shame!

    You need to repent your sins and ask not only forgiveness – but much penance.

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  2. bearhunter (859 comments) says:

    I presume PhilU is the representative of the Daily Sport?

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  3. Manolo (13,375 comments) says:

    Pravda (USSR) or Gramma (Cuba) are more apt descriptions for The Standard.

    Aren’t the comrades who run it a bit subdued these days? Readership must have fallen dramatically.

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  4. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Well, you couldn’t have done any comparison with NZ newspapers, as most of them are spineless conduits for government propaganda and mostly staffed by crawling leftist sycophants posing as journalists.

    Global warming evangelists, preachers of the poisonous doctrine of socialism, guardians of political correctness, all graduates from the Goebbels Memorial Neo-Fascist School of Journalism.

    Thank god for the blogs or there’d be no real news and opinion in NZ.

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  5. Ryan Sproull (7,033 comments) says:

    Robyn’s awesome.

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  6. dad4justice (7,776 comments) says:

    Red Pepper – Watermelon Frogblog.

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  7. emmess (1,371 comments) says:

    Why have you put Public Address as The Times when Public Address is left-leaning and The Times is right leaning?

    [DPF: The Times has been Labour supporting since 1997]

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  8. Elvis Christ (29 comments) says:

    There is significant difference between linking to background and the cut-and-paste writing used by most NZ blogs. The reality is that very few blogs ( The Standard & The Rates Blog being the exceptions) that have the financial resources to do original research,analysis and interviews.

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  9. Elvis Christ (29 comments) says:

    Using partial or fake names is a problematic area. Acceptable for bloggers like Cactus & Roarprawn who want to maintain anonymity for professional reasons but down right creepy on the part of the Standardistas.

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  10. bearhunter (859 comments) says:

    [DPF: The Times has been Labour supporting since 1997]

    But then so has the Sun and all the Murdoch papers.

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  11. Loco Burro (82 comments) says:

    So you are saying that Whale Oil (The Sun) is the one with the Biggest Tits? :)

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  12. Haiku Dave (273 comments) says:

    the times supported
    blair, next year they will surely
    endorse cameron

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  13. Fairfacts Media (371 comments) says:

    It appears Labour will only have the support of the Daily Mirror, noted ConservativeHome recently.
    Even the Guardian may desert Gordon Brown, perhaps for the LibDems.
    I mentioned this a few days back over at Fairfacts Media.

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  14. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..oco Burro (10) Vote: Add rating 1 Subtract rating 0 Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    So you are saying that Whale Oil (The Sun) is the one with the Biggest Tits? :) ..”

    heh..!

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  15. Robyn (15 comments) says:

    Curiously enough, I ended drinking out of DPF’s glass, but no sign of poisoning… yet. I really enjoyed that panel. It made me realise how the blogging scene in New Zealand complements the press in ways you don’t get in other countries.

    Ryan: Chur, bro.

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  16. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,811 comments) says:

    The Times – Public Address

    I think you’re confusing Newspaper with Toilet paper.

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  17. RainbowGlobalWarming (295 comments) says:

    Dude, The Times – Public Address?

    Public Address – The Hackney Voice, perhaps.

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  18. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    You guys need to share your comedy talents with the world more, please.

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  19. kurtsharpe (1 comment) says:

    It was an very good presentation at the conference, so thanks alot David.
    It is a shame that you are not welcome in the VRWC because of attending events such as these,
    So I am sure every Young Labour member really appreciates it.

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  20. racer (258 comments) says:

    “# Elvis Christ (
    Using partial or fake names is a problematic area. Acceptable for bloggers like Cactus & Roarprawn who want to maintain anonymity for professional reasons but down right creepy on the part of the Standardistas.”

    Considering you have no idea what most of them actually do for a job that’s a bit facetious on your part to claim that, and secondly, there’s a few around the blogosphere here who think that threats, intimidation and stalking are an acceptable part of political discourse, I have no problem (most of the time) with people remaining anonymous.

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