Ask a Journalist

I'm not a journalist but I've been surrounded by them for the past day and will be again today at Capitolbeat 2008 a national conference of statehouse reporters and editors being held in Raleigh. This afternoon, in the graveyard shift of conferences, just before happy hour, I'll be on a panel called "Ask a Blogger". The good news is that this session will be in a bar. The bad news is that I'll be a blogger surrounded by journalists in a bar. So to turn the tables and to allow for an exchange of information I want to give you an opportunity to "Ask a Journalist" all those burning questions about the mainstream media.

I'll be posting short updates on Twitter all day and will be checking back here during the day. This is also an experiment in mobile blogging. I'm leaving my laptop behind and only using a phone to check in and post. So, leave your questions here and I'll keep checking until the session starts at 3.30pm.

(Photo: Eszter Vajda UNCTV, David Crabtree WRAL, Adam Hochberg NPR on the art of the interview at Capitolbeat 2008 on Friday)


Binker and Leslie

Kudos to Mark Binker and Laura Leslie for organizing this conference

I have a question for the journalists....

How has the blogging revolution changed their jobs as journalists? it isn't very original.

Thanks for rep'ing Blue, (and all your other blogs) today.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

My regrets

for not being able to attend - and thanks to you for sharing the experience with all of us. My turning of the tables question:

I see political blogging as having four main functions: original journalism, opinionating, pure activism, and watching the watchdogs. I'd be interested in hearing what journalists think about those different roles and how, if at all, it might affect their approach to news gathering and reporting.

Investigating businesses

Learning about researching businesses and connections to campaigns. Earlier Ken Eudy of Capstrat spoke.

This is (sort of) a variation

on the questions above: roughly estimating, what percentage of your articles were motivated by something you read in the blogosphere, even if your story ended up having little to do with what originally set you off?

And as a follow-up, how does that compare with say, five years ago?

All-Star Academic Lunch Panel

Listening to Ferrel Guillory, William Leuchtenberg, Hodding Carter and Tim Storey talking about election.

Ask a Lobbyist

Lobbyist session wrapping up. This is the only Capitolbeat session "off the record"

Pour me another one Mark?

The good news is that this session will be in a bar. The bad news is that I'll be a blogger surrounded by journalists in a bar. So to turn the tables and to allow for an exchange of information * Great Architect

Interesting? Than we can assume that any answer given by the mainstream media and the blogging community was done under duress by drink and the answer cannot be trusted as a fact?

In vino veritas

You should make that assumption with or without alcohol being involved. It wasn't torture. More like "liquorboarding".

Greg, they said they were

Greg, they said they were going to have a conservative blogger on hand ... who was it?


Of Conservative Corner. I didn't know how to break it to Max, but now that you've asked it's in the open.

Hey Greg

Sounds like a really good conf.
Any of this get documented?


Everything was "on the record" but I don't know that anyone was documenting the event apart from my own occasional one-liners. There are copies of some presentations but no recording of actual sessions. I learned a lot. I'll try to write about it.

Have you got a good story?


Every day BBC News - on TV, on radio and online - brings you the latest stories from across the globe ... but what we want to hear are the issues that matter to you.

The part you play in making the news is very important. Whether it is breaking news or a featured item, your contribution can make a difference.

Have you seen or been involved in a news event?

Is something significant, bizarre or unusual happening where you live?

Have you got a story to tell or is there something you think we should follow up?

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina


The BBC is smart. That invitation is included in their news feed also along with easy contact info.

My experience of domestic and local news sites is that it is either hard to submit something newsworthy or very easy to submit and it goes into a black hole. Some news submission systems seemed designed to keep you tangled in the site rathet than be a valid inbox for news. Some of that is necessary filtration. BlueNC gets its share of strange unsolicited tips. I really don't care for sites that give users a place to post the same way restaurants give crayons and coloring sheets to kids to keep them occupied and try to call it citizen journalism.