Monday, April 25, 2005

It's a Blogger's World

I had breakfast this morning with The Baltimore Sun's Executive Editor, Timothy Franklin. Mr. Franklin is a member of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism Board of Visitors, which had its annual meeting today. I was asked to have breakfast with him and some other people as a student representative.

I was very impressed with Mr. Franklin. He spent the entire hour asking students what we thought about the college, about journalism's future and about The Sun and what it could do better. And he was actually paying attention. I brought about the subject of blogs, what it means for modern journalism, how I thought the MSM should be more receptive to them and how the MSM can make better use of them. A fellow student and I encouraged him to think about creating Sun blogs (possibly from the paper's public editor) as a way to interact directly with readers. He was very excited about the idea and said he was going to talk about it with some other people when he got back to the newsroom. I'm excited about that. The Sun has a great website - it just needs to make better use of it.

And for those blog lovers out there, check out this announcement:
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is hosting a panel for the
regional chapter of the Online News Association on blogging and bloggers
next Thursday, April 28, from 7-8:15 p.m., in Jimenez Hall, Room 0220.
Students and faculty are most definitely welcome. Some snacks will be
offered in the lobby of the Journalism Building immediately after.