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Are you on the Journa-list? Probably not if you’re a blogger

October 11th, 2007Posted by in Online Journalism

A new website has been launched by the Media Standards Trust, purportedly to provide info on and links to UK national newspaper journalists. The blurb says:

Journa-list is an independent, not-for-profit website that makes it easy for people to find out more about journalists and what they write about.”

Then later:

“It is the first UK website to offer a fully searchable database of UK national journalists (who write under a byline), with links to their current and previous articles, and some basic statistics about their work.

“It contains all journalists from 12 national newspapers – The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Mirror, The Sun, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Mirror, The Observer – and BBC News Online. The site can only index those articles which have bylines. We started indexing the articles in May 2007.”

An admirable attempt – you can even be emailed or take an RSS feed to alert you to a new article – except that it doesn’t quite do all this yet.

While the list is expansive, my quick, random search revealed a few missing journos (there also seems to be a few teething problems as the alphabetical list, whichever way I look at it, seems to only go up to B or C).

What about the Beeb’s Nick Robinson? Roy Greenslade of the Guardian?

It might be the blogging efforts of these two that’s throwing the list off – but that throws up another question. If they aren’t listed, shouldn’t blogging journalists be included too?

Shane Richmond is listed for a single article, not for his numerous and excellent blog posts. If a journalist is blogger and article-writer both, then is it very indicative if half their output isn’t listed?

If anyone finds examples of blogs in the list, please would they get in touch.

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  • Martin Moore

    Hi oluft,
    Martin here (from Media Standards Trust). Very pleased that you’re already using As you mention in your blog, there’s definitely things to sort out while the site’s in beta testing – not least the lack of news organisation bloggers (who we’re hoping to add in the next fortnight), and some annoying stuff with the RSS. But otherwise it’s going very well – and all feedback greatly appreciated,
    best, Martin

  • oluft

    The bloggers will be a welcome addition, as will listing journalists beyond the nationals on regionals and trades – is this likely do you think? It would be a huge job to keep on top of, no?

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