I used to think reporting for a blog was Journalism Lite. A few bloggers emerged as leaders, including Andrew Sullivan, Anna Holmes, Nate Silver and Matt Drudge. I assumed other bloggers were Quixotic writers recording their streams of consciousness for nonexistent audiences. Why on earth would anyone waste their time?
Now that I’ve spent two-and-a-half years writing an education blog for public media reporting collaboration StateImpact Indiana, I can’t imagine a better, more relevant way for a reporter to own a beat. Nor is there any better way for an aspiring beat reporter to learn the trade — I’m looking at you, J-schoolers.
MJ Bear fellow Kyle Stokes shares six tips for aspiring bloggers in How To Start A Blog: The Kick In The Pants I Wish I Had In College.