I’m not the only one to notice the difference between “journalism” and “blog”

Posted 23 April 2009 by

So I’m a little slow on discovering All Things Twittered.

Today I’ve discovered the blog of Alex Payne, Al3x for short. Officially, Al3x is the API (application programing interface) lead at Twitter. I other words, he knows how to use information from Twitter in your web application.

In the few of his blog posts of his that I read, I found him to be a literate and easy-to-follow. Most importantly, he makes sense.

I commend this article to you to read, “Towards Better Technology Journalism.” This article provides a good point of view on the subject of journalism in technology. His general view is this:

Most technology professionals I know roll their eyes at our industry’s press. “What are you going to do? Can’t live with ‘em, can’t get publicity for new products without ’em” seems to be the mindset. To ask for truly superb coverage of anything more than the latest gadget is asking too much in today’s tech media landscape. As an engineer, a consumer, and an avid reader, I’m unsatisfied with this.

He gives several current examples in this blog article about the state of the journalism art in technology. This is presented as his personal point of view, not his employer’s point of view. Then again, his employer is subject to postings from TechCrunch.

Al3x does not limit his complaints to techies writing about technology. He takes on a good example of bad journalism from the New York Times. Also, he discusses the value of technology reporting.

He gives three examples on how to improve the quality of journalism writing.

  • The first idea, teaching technology writing in journalism school, should be de rigor today. Then again, how many people have problems with using the features Word 2003, let alone Word 2007? (Maybe that was a bad idea. Word 2007 fixed something that wasn’t broken.)
  • The second idea is for technology companies to encourage engineers to write for the non-technical public as a side project, providing strong editorial support. A good editor helps a story flower, and should not be seen as a way of restricting content.
  • The third idea is to give rewards for good technology journalism so that people will do it. This may be a vain thing, fondly invented. All journalism is having financing problems these days, let alone technology-related journalism. Good luck in finding the money.

Again, I encourage you to give his article a read.

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