Why I'm blogging
Some of you have written to say that you miss the old Media Notes format. So a few words about the blog we unveiled this week seem in order.
It's a work in progress. We're ironing out the kinks and correcting some things.
I was the first blogger at The Washington Post a decade ago, at a time when it seemed odd not to be on paper and to be linking to the competition. Now just about everyone in journalism blogs all the time.
There is a lot to be said for the morning roundup column, which I tried to develop as a one-stop shop for media, politics, culture and what's happening across the Web. But news now moves at the speed of light, and it's hard for one column a day to keep up.
With the new Media Notes, I'm trying to offer the same content--my analysis, reporting and links to what's interesting and provocative--in real time. I devote more space to meatier subjects, including a fresh take every morning, and shorter items when what's needed is an update, some new thoughts or a tantalizing tidbit (sometimes conveyed through my Twitter feed). Most of all, I wanted to add newsworthy and noteworthy videos to adapt this blog to the digital age.
We're tweaking things to make it easier to search and comment. If you prefer checking in once a day, click on "View All" under the Latest Posts -- right below the lead story on the left -- and you'll move to all my entries of the last 24 hours and more, similar to the old format. Some of you tell me you want to be able to print it out--paper is still popular, who knew?--and I'm pushing for that. In the meantime, we hope to put out each day's entries in an e-mail to those who are interested.
There's a balance here that all journalists are still figuring out. I need to leave time for reporting and newspaper writing, and when there's a breaking story or I'm on the road, the updates will slow down. But the goal is to make Media Notes a place you'll check several times a day as the news cycle, if there still is such a thing, goes through its gyrations.
There are a million other blogs and Web sites churning stuff out, as you well know. I'm trying to keep what many of you liked about the online column and build upon that. Let us know how we're doing.
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