Blog journalism at work

During “The Office” convention is Scranton this week, a number of people will be getting their news not from newspapers but from blogs.

At worst people, including long-time journalism junkies like myself, will be supplementing their news habit by perusing the blogs.

As you’re enjoying the weekend, take some time to think about what’s going on around you and how newspaper reports of the event differ from your own experience and from reports posted by bloggers.

Consider this excerpt from the OfficeTally blog:

It’s past midnight here in Scranton, so just a few quick notes before I head off for bed …

Checking into the hotel tonight, I bumped into The Office’s Co-Executive Producer Kent Zbornak and Mr. Bob Vance himself, Bobby Ray Shafer, who were also checking in. I believe Kent said that Angela, Brian, and Phyllis all arrived tonight as well.

It was also lovely meeting Tallyhead Kenna and her sister at the Atlanta airport, as well as one of the convention organizers, Tim Holmes.

Tomorrow morning starts off over at the University of Scranton, where The Today Show’s Al Roker will be talking to members of The Office cast. I’ll do my best to post reports throughout the day!

Are local newspaper reporters staying at the hotel? Would they talk about how much fun it was to meet various people connected with the show or the convention? This and other blogs promise a fresh look that newspaper reporters too often forget to consider.

Sundays Bloggers’ Breakfast may prove to be one of the most interest”media events” of the weekend.

Note that the Scranton Times does have something up at LiveJournal. Also, Times staff writer Josh McAuliffe maintains a blog dedicated to “The Office.” It will be interesting to see how their coverage differs from that of other bloggers.

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