Field Reporting: Blog to the Beat Pt. 4

July 4, 2008

This is the final post in a four-part series on applying basic methods of beat journalism to your blogging niche.

Yesterday’s post looked at methods for cultivating sources. Today I’ll focus on ways to pull you off the computer and into the field to do some actual reporting.

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Cultivating Sources: Blog to the Beat Pt. 3

July 3, 2008

This is the third in a four-part series on applying basic methods of beat journalism to your blogging niche.

Yesterday’s post looked at methods for gathering background information. Today I’ll focus on finding and keeping sources. When I use the term sources I mean people: living, breathing human beings interviewed by you, the blogger-reporter.

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Background Info: Blog to the Beat Pt. 2

July 2, 2008

This is the second in a four-part series on applying basic methods of beat journalism to your blogging niche.

Yesterday’s post looked at how the basic concepts of beat reporting apply to blogging. Today I’ll focus on methods for gathering background information.

You don’t have to be an expert in your niche to write a good blog but you better know the basics of what you’re writing about. Context is everything.

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Journalism 101: Blog to the Beat Pt. 1

July 1, 2008

This morning as I was making my blog-feed rounds, I happened upon “Bloggers That Fake It” from Men With Pens. The post, written back in March, resonated with me. I have found lots of cookie-cutter blogs out there, repeating essentially the same message with different words. This excerpt gets to the gist of it. Too many bloggers are:

fast to jump on the bandwagon with the latest and greatest product, service or topic. They beat it into the ground until it’s dead. The Internet is so saturated that it’s nearly worthless.

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