Saturday, 15 March 2008

Journalists.....

Journalists consult blogs for story ideas, angles and insights:
A new survey by Brodeur and MarketWire, shows that 75% of journalists use blogs to get ideas for stories. Journalists may not comment but they are reading…in fact, four in five say they read blogs at least two to three times a week

A quarter said that blogs made their jobs easier, while 46% got involved by leaving comments on blogs. Over 75% of reporters see blogs as helpful in giving them story ideas, story angles and insight into the tone of an issue.
70% of reporters check a blog list on a regular basis.
21% of reporters spend over an hour per day reading blogs.
57% of reporters read blogs at least two to three times a week.
48% say they are “lurkers” – in that they read but rarely comment on blogs.
I thought this would be useful to know especially as World Autism Day is fast approaching.
Why don’t you beat the journalists to it and write an article for your local paper? I have.

April is also Autism Awareness Month, i found this, and just wondered if anyone knew of anything else going on in blogland?

49 comments:

frog ponds rock... said...

I have an award for you

cheers kim xx

Mima said...

I had no idea that journalists used the blog world so extensively, but I suppose it is a great way to get a take on how a story is going down! You do find the most fascinating snippets of information!!

Congrats on your article, how brilliant to be published!

Elissa said...

The power of a blog, hey?!

You've just inspired me!!!
xx

Phil said...

Casdok, I love your continuing advocacy for autism. You are a wonderful person and an even better mom I'm sure.

Jen said...

If you are on Facebook, there is an interesting group that you can use to make press contacts occasionally...it's called "If I can help a reporter out, I will" (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5467139643).
They occasionally have reporters who are looking for autism stories, and it's an easy way to contribute if you don't feel up to writing an entire story yourself.

laughingwolf said...

how many just take what they read, and re-write it, to avoid plagiarism?

CrazyCath said...

I'm not sure if that's flattering or a bit scary that journalists read stuff and use it... :0/

I agree with other posters here. I think you are a great advocate for your son and autism world wide. Get yourself out there and tell people - you do it the right way! I have no idea what it must be like and admire your ability to be so in tune with C.

Niksmom said...

I don't worry so much about plagiarism as much as the reporter who takes what s/he reads and quotes is as "an unnamed source" in order to support a personal bias. (Like some of the folks who write about the vaccine issue.)

Mrs. C said...

I used to be a reporter for a daily and I'll tell you that it's the EDITOR and PUBLISHER, not the reporter, who decide what stories go in the paper. The reporter certainly can come up with plenty of ideas, or write stories, however.

My editor would give me a "stories to do" list and if I finished with that I could ask to do something else. Usually there is enough to do in the newsroom that "something else" never got done. I was the only reporter at the paper.

This was several years ago, however, before most people had internet. We still put up "dummy papers" and would LITERALLY "cut and paste" them together. The little "cut and paste" things you do with the mouse aren't literal like what we did LOL!

monsoon-dreams said...

this information is something new to me.i would like to read ur article in local paper.wont u post it in ur blog?

craig andrew said...

LOL! I would feel sorry for them if they were so depraved that they were using my blog to get story ideas C:)

Seamus said...

It's hard to know who's really reading since you can read on an RSS feed reader and it doesn't show in the stats.
I can imagine that blogs would be good idea fodder as long as plagiarism doesn't happen.

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Best not to look at the old site meter and think of how many hits you've had overnight that left no comments. I don't mind but I dislike the idea that we're being used as topic fodder.
If I'm going to write an article, about autism, I need a unique angle. Maybe I should cruise some blogs for some ideas?

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Wow interesting - I know that people other than those commenting read our blogs - but hadn't actually thought of journalists.

Stinking Billy said...

So that's where you are - writing to or for the newspaper(s)? Knowing that you will be putting the case for autistic care, etc, I forgive you, but I'm missing you.

Eileen said...

That is really interesting...I never thought of that, but it makes sense, so many excellent bloggers out there (and right here).Thanks for the link and the info. on April is Autism Awareness Month. I will spread the word, and think about this, for myself.
I work and have worked with many autistic children, so many great memories. One little guy stands out in my mind.
Have a great day!
XOXOX

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This was fascinating about journalists. I'll also look into the blogging for autism project - I'm a long-time teacher who's had students all along the autism continuum over the years.

It's nice to "meet" you!

J said...

I wrote a letter to the editor last year, but that is as far as I got. With any luck my little local paper will cover the events my group is planning. Would write an article myself, but am a little busy with the planning part. It's great that you wrote an newspaper article.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Wow! I don't know why I find that so surprising but I do.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I am glad there is a dedicated Awareness month. I might just write that article myself.

C xx

kimmy said...

Thank you for the nice comment. Have a great weekend!

Kimmy

Kahless said...

Hope your article gets published in the paper.

buffalodickdy said...

You'll have to post your article you wrote for the newspaper..

Dr.John said...

If they are reading my blog they are wasting their time. It hasn't had a fresh idea in months. Now yours is a different story.

aspiemom said...

That's good advice--to write a story for the paper.

Hope yours gets published!

Angela said...

The blog world is bigger than we think

April said...

Very cool! I can't blog for the cause (as I know nothing), but I'll be looking forward to the opportunity to learn.

katy said...

REALLY i didn't know that, it sounds like there are a lot of lurking, lazy journalists about

Dave Coulter said...

This doesn't surprise me. The line between the internet and print news has almost vanished. I suppose these reporters see blogs as a source for leads? I have had one local nature writer compliment my blog because it gave her ideas for her work. I was pretty pleased by that!

(Found you via David McMahon's site!)

Odat said...

What are they trying to find? I'm sure not facts...maybe just gossip?
;-)

I had an interesting thing happen. I had mentioned in one of my posts a book I was reading on "Grief" and one of the authors of that book commented on my blog and thanked me for mentioning her book...So I guess authors are out there too looking at blogs.
Peace

Tom Foolery said...

Interesting post. Thanks TFX

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

...Guess you know that one of the major debates/criticisms of blogging by journalists has been the extent to which blogs are parasitic on real world journalism (ie, that most blogs are originally sourced from hard news) - so I was interested to know how far there was a process of osmosis going on. Good post, and obviously a great avenue for raising awareness of autism.

lynn said...

I am a writer, published regularly in the local paper and some national mags. I will certainly put it on my list of articles to write. As Mrs. C. rightly says, it's the Ed. at the end of the day who decides what goes in, though (we're not so lazy; just tied). Best wishes.

Dave said...

I see you are from Surrey! It has been a longgg time since I were there. I lived there from 1 to 6 years old. Grew up on Brunswick Road near Manor Park. Does that area still exist? Moved to Canada in 1966.... Yet to be back... One day though. Thanks for dropping by at my blog. :-)

vivavavoom said...

I went to a medical conference and the speaker said that 1 in 9 children have a form of autism now. is that true? he was expressing the fact that we, as healthcare workers, need to do something, as these people will be adults and there are not enough resources out there yet.

Casdok said...

I in 9? The last stats from the British autistc society is 1 in 100

But no there certainly arnt enough resources out there.

Billy said...

Tim Russert echoed this fact the other day on MSNBC. So it poses the question of "does public opinion lead journalism or does journalism lead public opinion." Nothing inherently wrong with it, but I do see a possible danger that some journalists might abandon their own take on a story, which compromises journalism in general. Journalism is in a state of flux, of course, and its very definition is being redefined by anyone with a camera phone and blackberry and a blog.

Ruth W. said...

thank you for visiting my humble little blog, I am reading yours, and it is wonderful..

Pixie said...

pity they don't bother to contact you and you could give them an honest answer to what's going on rather than the fantasy world they seem to enjoy!!
pxx

Josie said...

Journalists read the blogs? I had no idea.

Have you ever read the book by Jenny McCarthy called "Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism."

My daughter is a speech language pathologist and she works with autistic children.

Casdok said...

Josie, sorry no i havent read any of Jennys books, as from what i have heard from autism land i am not a Jenny supporter.
Your daughter is doing a very worth while job - they are in short supply over here!

Annieye said...

My daughter (a teacher of children with autism) asked me to write something for the Autism awareness week a while ago, but I didn't realise it was so soon. She wants to put it in the school newsletter, so I shall browse your blog for ideas - I hope you don't mind, Casdok.

Angela said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes... I snuck in this week and read your blogs despite my hiatus... great posts!!!

The Real Mother Hen said...

Maybe 90% of the blogers suffer from Autism? We can't communicate openly, therefore we blog?

Well, I believe I am one of them!

titration said...

I never knew I was born in autism awareness month. :) Cool.

La La said...

Wow. I had never thought of reporters using blogs for story ideas, but blogs do report the personal news of many, many people so it makes sense.

Thanks for stopping by mine the other day.

Blessings.

Petrea said...

This is a fascinating post. You've got my brain wheels turning.

Jocelyn said...

I had no idea, either. Wow.

I hope at least ten of them have been reading your blog. It's worthy.

DJ Kirkby said...

Hi
I know nothing of this Jenny. Must pay more attention! Thanks for the link to the bloggin for Autism awareness blog roll. That's cool...