Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Some Numbers...

I needed some time to recoup from the convention, but I'm glad to report that the workshop was a success.

More than 60 people showed up to the hour and 45-minute session, which touched on everything from exposing personal blogs to the legal issues surrounding reader-generated blogs.

10% of the attendees blogged during the workshop. Live from Indy. You can read them below, if you haven't already.

Turns out this blogging "thing" has got journalists talking. And visiting.

So far this blog has had 450 visits, and 1153 total page views. Not bad for a temporary blog focused on a NABJ convention workshop.

That said, we could not have achieved such a useful session without the help of our panelists, attendees, online visitors, employers, and NABJ officials.

Thank you.

But we're not done. In fact, we're at a crossroads. This discussion -- about blogging, and integrating multimedia tools into traditional journalism -- needs to happen in every newsroom. More on that later.

For now, check out some of the coverage we received this past week.

NABJ online reporter Darren Sands wrote this about the workshop :

Detroit Free Press columnist Kelley Carter didn’t know that her editors knew about her blog. Imagine her surprise when they wanted to talk about what they had read.

And how they loved it.

Carter was a panelist on The Blogger Buzz workshop, moderated by Miami Herald features reporter James Burnett III. Panelists discussed how newspapers use blogs to interact with readers and also examined libel issues.

The Miami Herald’s Rick Hirsch said that the best blogs post often, must drive traffic and engage readers. Hirsch is pleased that the news of Fidel Castro’s declining health is increasing traffic on Miami’s Cuban Connection, a blog by Herald reporter Oscar Corral. "I can’t say this in Miami, but I hope he hangs on a little longer," Hirsch quipped.

A shout out goes to The Blogging Journalist who gave us a nod.

And can't forget Richard Prince. Down from Day Two. Thanks.

More later. It's late.


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