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Bloggers Affecting Media Coverage?

Filed under: Blogging Matters,Dog Trainer,Media Bias — Patterico @ 8:29 pm

Mark Glaser has a column up at the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review, titled To Their Surprise, BloggersAre Force for Change in Big Media.

Among others, the piece mentions an obscure blogger named Patterico, who gave the Los Angeles Times a tip about Justice Ginsburg that resulted in a front-page story.

(Teaser: if you read the whole thing, you just might learn the secret identity of the mysterious Patterico.)

All in all, I think it’s a pretty good piece about how the blogosphere is beginning to have an effect on Big Media.

P.S. Glaser is entirely correct that I contacted the Times simply as an interested reader and not as a “blogger.” While it’s nice to know that blogging provides a platform for disseminating a story that Big Media might choose to ignore, in my case the Times was (in my view) simply following up on a tip from a reader. In that sense, the “blogging” angle of my situation is arguably less relevant than that of the other examples provided by Glaser. I don’t think this undermines the fundamental premise of Glaser’s piece, but I thought that it was worth noting, in fairness to the folks at the Times.

7 Responses to “Bloggers Affecting Media Coverage?”

  1. Dog catcher…dog trainer…same difference.

    BFT (a47dfe)

  2. Heh. I didn’t comment on that because I am hoping it will be corrected. But I did chuckle — loudly — when I read it.

    Patterico (f7b3e5)

  3. Glaser says he’ll fix it.

    I kind of like it, though: “Los Angeles Dog Catcher” . . .

    Patterico (f7b3e5)

  4. Cool, I know somebody famous! :) This is even better than when I sat two rows away from Bruce Hornsby at a minor-league baseball game.

    I see you’re even going to be mentioned in a book!

    steve M. (450760)

  5. what no pic? 😉

    Frank G (78c097)

  6. To Their Surprise, Bloggers Are Force for Change in Big Media
    From Mark Glaser’s Online Journalism Review article, Patrick Frey (aka Patterico) sums up the story nicely:”There is no single blog that has power comparable to that of a major daily paper like the L.A. Times,” he said. “There’s just no…

    Wizbang (d13dcd)

  7. Patterico’s Star is Rising
    He continues to get some well-deserved recognition for his LA Times-watching….

    Calblog (2fb2f0)

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