Ben Smith politickers The Daily News with The Daily Politics
Does Ben Smith want to sqwash any possibility for true citizen journalism to bloom in New York City? Or is he becoming New York City's blogging avenger?
When I heard he was moving to The Daily News, I asked, dude! how do you get these blogjobs for mass media? He answers, like, well, I had to convince them they wanted not just a political reporter but a blogger as well.
What Ben has been able to pull off here in NYC is really interesting. National political blogging heavily depends on national newswires. Rarely does a national political blog break a story, unless, of course, you're Powerline and have Karl Rove's office giving you the evidence necessary for watergating Dan Rather.
Local political blogging is different. There are stories you know people are not writing about; and yet, political citizen reporting of any kind in New York City is almost impossible. The fact is that people like us here at The Daily Gotham do not have the resources that newspaper research annd editorial departments have. New York City is a huge city and you really need a whole squadron of people to get the job done.
Yet, when we do report, what we bring to the table is the notion that we are not feigning editorial innocense. It's something that is rampant in regular journalism but not until the Plamegate scandal was it really, truly addressed.
Anyhow, I think what Ben is doing is really interesting and important as well. I am still out as to how this is going to impact NYC political bloggers. On the one hand, most people who come to this site do so because they are looking for an editorial perspective the cannot find in the local media. On the other hand, they could I ask myself, can these newspaper blogs become our 'competition'? I stand in the possibility of making this blog New York City's largest liberal blog, but growing it though, has been ann uphill battle. Networking with other NYC bloggers is really just starting. Maybe Ben's blog can become a bridge for the local blogging community.
After the flip, is the comment I left Ben on the topic of networking ... and his picture
[via The Daily Politics]:
Good morning, congrats once again. OK, that's out of the way. Let's get to blogging b'ness.
I am blogger, may as well do a mini-rant. Heh.
No, seriously, do you think the editors would consider enabling trackbacks? There are plugins out there that allow for moderation and editorial control. This could be done in such a way that your blogroll becomes whitelist of sites that can trackback to your posts.
The New York Times has a "no linking to bloggers" policy. You can imagine where I stand on this. If The Daily News wants to set themselves apart from the grey dinosaur, they should really consider actually opening the newspaper to more interconnectedness with bloggers.
Yes, spammers have abused the trackback system. But if you're using MT, WP, there are plugins available to set them to moderation mode. That way you still have editorial control over the links.
With that in mind, I am asking all my bloggers not to link to the New York Times due to their "we don't link to bloggers" policy. They won't link to my blogs yet mine them for articles? There's no reason why then I should squander my SEO ranking on them. Which, btw, has unfortunately have me in a quandary with pornographers using my name to up their SEO ranking and has people asking me if I'd sell www.dailygotham.com.
Links here :
In short, tell your editors, you may have more traffic but bloggers end up having better SEO overall. If they need a presentation on this, I am more than happy to come in and talk to them about tech
I have a cuter picture of you, btw. Wanna swap it ... meow!
Liza Sabater, Publisher
The Daily Gotham