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Nieman Journalism Lab: How Gannett Blog works its niche

An interesting look at a media “watchdog” blog based in the US – Gannett Blog, run by former Gannett employee Jim Hopkins, is an unrivalled source of information on the newspaper publisher and media group.

Two things are striking about the description of Gannett Blog and Hopkins’ work in this article, firstly the description of working on a specialist subject:

Gannett, with its 80 dailies and 23 TV stations, “is like a small city,” Hopkins says, “and I’m a beat reporter. I can find things going on on a daily basis.”

And secondly, it’s “water cooler”, open comments feature:

An innovation on Gannett Blog, inspired by the fact that comments were getting more pageviews than anything else on the blog, is the open-ended “real-time comments” post that’s always at the top of the page. It simply says, “Can’t find the right spot for your comment? Post it here, in this open forum.” Hopkins refreshes that post once a week; it often garners more than 100 comments – far more than his typical posts do.

Hopkins calls this the “water cooler” – a place to “come and see what other people are thinking about.”

Full story on Nieman Journalism Lab at this link…

Gannett Blogger turns attention to New York Times Company and News Corp

Remember the provocative Gannett Blogger? Well, the persistent thorn in the side of the US’s largest newspaper group is back. After attacking his blog’s trolls and launching Ibiza Confidential (now shelved), Jim Hopkins is re-igniting the Gannett Blog. He has also launched – both are still in early stages – the New York Co. Blog and the News Corp. Blog. Here’s an extract from a Q&A with Hopkins for the site Jilted Journalists:

Q. How is your strategy different now vs. before July?

A. I’m working harder on keeping Gannett Blog’s tone more civil. I’ll still pursue company news aggressively, but I hope in a less provocative manner. Also, I’m moderating comments more carefully. Much of this is in response to feedback from readers. Finally, I’m experimenting with two new media-related blogs, but they’re still very much in their infancy.

Full post at this link…

Gannett Blog: ‘Why I’m shutting down this blog’

“(…) I had grown concerned about health problems I’ve experienced as I’ve tried to keep up with the demands of blogging about a company with 41,500 employees, and many more who have left,” writes Jim Hopkins, former USA Today editor and owner of Gannett Blog, which has been chronicling the fortunes of the newspaper group.

“In the past year, I have lost quite a bit of weight as I’ve neglected proper nutrition and exercise. I could have made better choices, to be sure. But I am a very competitive journalist. I wanted this to be the best newspaper blog possible, because I think the employees deserve that much.”

Hopkins will shutter the blog on July 10.

Full post at this link…