Thursday, February 01, 2007

Local blogs in the spotlight

I just finished watching the second part of reporter Jessica Dugan's "Beyond the Blogosphere" series on WDAZ news. I want to thank Jessica for portraying the local blogosphere in a positive light. Thanks also to Tu-Uyen Tran and Rick Abbot for being the "spokesmen" for the blogging community. You both did a good job and it was fun to finally get to see and hear you guys. It's nice to see the "Grand Forks Blogosphere" finally getting the spotlight. The only complaint I can think of is that WDAZ should have given the links to the blogs that they mentioned...

17 comments:

Rick said...

Thanks, GFG.

mattfacingsouth said...

Meh, thought the report was pretty docile compared to the commercial spots for it. It was nice to see recognition for y'all, but it understated how important these blogs can be for those who feel disconnected to the goings-on of our community and don't have time to attend meetings for whatever reason.

C. Y. said...

Since TV is such a visual medium and the "centrist bloggers" wished to remain anonymous, Jessica did the best she could. Links to the local and ND blogs would have been nice as well as a little history of local blogs.

just my $.02

Goon said...

I wasn't all that impressed with the story myself. The people they consider the local bloggers doesn't include everyone.

So first off the story isn't all that accurate. Just my hmo.

Anonymous said...

I still hold true to my word. Jessica Dugan is not a very good reporter.

I'm glad her story made this statement:

"There are these things called blogs. They are on the internets. For more information about blogs, go on the internets."

..instead of actually explaining how powerful a tool blogs are.

I mean seriously, how do you conclude that showing a local personality, Terry Dullum in this case, stating "I'm still not sure what blogs are about", is a wise choice for a broadcast news story?

I look forward to the day she does a story about the wind being cold in the winter in North Dakota, and then showing someone standing outside saying "it's cold".

GrandForksGuy said...

I mean seriously, how do you conclude that showing a local personality, Terry Dullum in this case, stating "I'm still not sure what blogs are about", is a wise choice for a broadcast news story?

I wouldn't be too hard on her using Terry. Most of us non-media bloggers weren't very helpful to Jessica...she almost had to go for bloggers like Terry. BTW, I love Terry's wit and delivery.

I have to say it might have been a good idea to give a wee bit of background about the local blogosphere. When did it start? How many blogs are there out there? What are the names of the more frequented ones? It might have also helped to say something about the fact that several bloggers didn't want to appear on camera.

GrandForksGuy said...

Well...so far no big bump in traffic due to the WDAZ series. Doesn't anybody watch 'DAZ???

bethski said...

It is too bad they couldnt find people who actually do blogging. Theres alot of them out there, I think they just found one spot and left it at that. So much for reporting!

Frank said...

My thoughts from watching the 10 o'clock story:

-Why didn't Rick get a WDAZ nod? Doesn't he work for WDAZ too, albeit behind the camera? I guess if did that would be 2/3 of the quotes would have come from DAZ's own office.

-Anyone else love Milo's enunciation of the word "blog" at the beginning of the story? I also loved the banter the end.

Frank

Goon said...

The thing is that if you really wanted to have a accurate show about blogs they would made a longer story out of this. They could talk for weeks just on this story. I would have recommend they done a more through job of reproting on the blogs in our town. There are many. OH well I don't expect much from WDAZ

Libertas said...

I thought the report was horrible. From a journalistic standpoint, it didn't ask and answer all the possible questions. It was extremely amateurish. The report came across as if it was an introduction to the Internet in 1994. The report was written and produced for an audience of 5 year olds. I feel bad for those that were featured in it.

Goon said...

I don't expect anything more from WDAZ. Its a shame. They could have done an all week report on it. They have noting else to talk about.

What ever.

dale said...

Well...so far no big bump in traffic due to the WDAZ series. Doesn't anybody watch 'DAZ???

I do, but I was in Florida at the time :-) Sorry to hear that it was a bit of a bust.

Anonymous said...

A lot like super bowls, Dale...lots of hoopla, but not a whole lot of content...

Good thing we have blogs for entertainment, eh? :o)

ec99 said...

"The report was written and produced for an audience of 5 year olds."

Sorta like Marilyn's restaurant reviews?

GrandForksGuy said...

The way the series was advertised was a bit misleading. It seemed like it was going to be some big expose, but turned out to basically be an explanation of what blogs are and what local high school students think of them.

Since some of us GF bloggers weren't willing to go on camera, perhaps it would have been better to contact some of the other bloggers throughout the state. Rob at Say Anything would have been a logical choice.

Anonymous said...

"Sorta like Marilyn's restaurant reviews?"

Jesus...I was just thinking that very same thing about how terrible Marilyn Hagerty's restaurant reviews are. I'm fairly certain that she has never rated a restaurant lower than 2.5 stars out of 4, which is just stupid.
And her choice of words/phrases sometimes is just hiliarious.

At the very least she could be reasonable and say "it's the same frozen food ordered from gfg that every other restaurant in town has, prepared in a different way".