I occasionally meet with foreign journalists through a program with the World Affairs Council, and near the end of a recent meeting, German TV and radio journalist Richard Gutjahr interviewed me on camera for a minutes on the craft of blogging. You can watch the results above.
Gutjahr interviewed activists, bloggers and legacy journalists at the New York Times, Washington Post, Seattle P-I, Des Moines Register and elsewhere, producing a series of brief videos on The Future of Newspapers , Better Blogging and Understanding New Media . In addition to me, other Seattleites interviewed include Jonathan Lawson of Reclaim the Media, Robert Jeffrey of Colors NW, SoundPolitic’s Jim Miller and the Seattle P-I’s Mark Trahant, who, right around the time of the paper’s final print edition, gives this spot on answer to the question of what he would have done differently:
“I would experiment like crazy. My frustration being in legacy media the last two years is that we didn’t fail enough. We kept trying to do things the way we’d always done them, and we should have been out there on the edge, just, what’s the wildest thing we can think of and try it, and we didn’t do a lot of that. I think if I had to do it all over again I’d argue more for total experimentation, because if you’re going to go down, at least go down and make it interesting.”
Hear that Ryan Blethen? Wouldn’t it be “wild” to put me on your editorial board? I mean, if you’re going to go down….
It’s an interesting series of interviews, and worth a look.