My quarter teaching at the University of Washington has come to an end. Times editor Jim Simon and I taught an advanced political reporting class to a small group of journalism students. It was a great experience for me. I found it difficult at first, but ultimately beneficial, to have to explain out loud what I do and why I do it that way. Simon and I didn’t always agree and we didn’t hide our debates from the students. (I figure they should learn early how wrong editors can be.)Howie P.S.: My attention was directed to this by Dan Kirkdorffer's post, "Postman and Connelly Highlighted by The Fix."
I also learned from the work the students did. They went out and talked to voters about the presidential election and undertook in-depth final reporting projects. Over the next week I will share some of that work with you. I’ve edited them a little for posting here.
Today you can read Will Mari’s story about local liberal bloggers. The piece includes some pretty interesting comments from Democratic political consultants. Mari went to Victor’s Coffee in Redmond recently to talk with 20-year-old Andrew Villeneuve who was eager to explain how he’s going change politics in the Northwest. Read it after the jump.
“Once we have an idea, we’re able to go an audience and say ‘here’s our idea.’ We don’t want to have to go to other people who control the gate and say, ‘please put our idea out there.’ We want to be in control … That’s why we have a blog.”
Saturday, December 29, 2007
"A student looks at local liberal bloggers"
Postman on Politics (Bothell Times political blog):