A week or so ago I wrote a blog brainstorming a few ideas for a young journalist blogging ring. It was inspired by Jessica DaSilva, the rather brave intern who blogged her way into a bit of a nightmare, but then pretty much blogged her way into a glistening career at the same time. Wonderful, I thought.
Anyway, it made me realise that I don’t really know many young journalists that are bloggers. Apart from either friends who I’ve bullied into starting blogs, or some of my NZ students…. who I’ve bullied into starting blogs too
So here’s the deal. John Thompson, from journalism.co.uk, has set up a new section of the site for our ring. It’s a Wordpress-powered site (woo!), which we can all sign up to and post to.
Now I know what you’re thinking: Can’t I just post on my own blog and then get the lovely link traffic?
Feel free — I’ll be doing it with my posts, for sure. However, by posting onto journalism.co.uk I think this will become an effective, managed resource that can be searched and archived in one sole location, thus making a sort of young-journalist knowledge bank on the web. And of course, let’s not disregard the clout journalism.co.uk has in the online journo world. There are few places better suited to hosting all of this stuff.
One of the concerns from my original post was exclusivity. I suggested — wrongly — that I (and others) pick and choose bloggers who had already made a name for themselves on the web. Wrong. How would that work? The whole reason for this idea coming into existence was because of Jessica…. who I’d never heard of. So to exclude bloggers who weren’t already famous from contributing is just a really stupid idea. Thanks to all who made the point perfectly clear via comments and emails. We’re debating already!
But there will be some restrictions. We need to keep this focused in order to make it useful and interesting.
So, to take part in the Journalism.co.uk Young Journalist Blog Ring, you will have to be:
a) Under 30-years-old. I know there will be a couple of disappointed people out there with this restriction, but without it I feel we lose the point a bit.
b) You blog (or plan to blog) about journalism in some shape or form. Bit of an obvious one, this, but I think it’s important that we’re all coming from the same place here. I’m not bothered what stage of you’re career you’re at, so long as that career’s journalism.
c) You promote the ring! If we all bring attention to this by shouting it from the rooftops, then there’s no reason why this can’t become the best point for young opinion on the media on the web.
Finally… I can’t write ‘the ring’ without thinking of that horrible Gollum chap. So, anyone who can come up with a good, catchy name wins… wins… your very own DVD copy of Batman: The Dark Night!* Wow!
So, if you’re interested, please email me: davelee.mail@NOSPAMgmail.com . Obviously, want to be removing that NOSPAM bit. If you’ve already emailed me, please do it again… I don’t want to miss anyone out, and my Gmail inbox is busier than a Barack Obama gig campaign rally.
I’d like to add, of course, that any suggestions are still very welcome as to how the ring should work. I’ve set those three requirements as a means of getting the ball rolling. But please, ideas wanted!