Wordblog is now two blogs

Wordblog is returning to its roots by resuming blogging about the media. That does not mean that events in Suffolk, where I live, are going onto a back burner.

Rather than have a single blog dealing with both topics, it has been split into two — Suffolk Wordblog and Media Wordblog — taking advantage of the the multi-site capabilities of the latest versions of WordPress.

I am not a techie and setting up the new system has been an interesting experience taking me to places I have not been before, such as editing the database. I believe I have got the basic structure working but undoubtedly it is not the finished site I want.

It looks a bit rough and ready but that will change over the coming weeks. Please bear with me.

Why am I returning to my interest in media? Firstly, I have found myself playing a small part in what is often called “citizen journalism”. I don’t like that description, but is better than “voluntary sector journalism” which echoes the Big Society idea’s jargon.

Whatever you call it, the localism espoused by all political parties is responsible for a resurgent interest in local affairs at a time when the local press is struggling.

This is leading to the development of local news sites and blogs which are starting to play a part in holding councils to account.

At the same time mainstream media is changing at an increasingly rapid rate.

As a former paid journalist and teacher of journalism, I think I have a slightly different perspective to bring to media blogging.

So there are now two Wordblogs to read:

Suffolk Wordblog

Media Wordblog

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