Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

Hobnobbery

In every one of my classes, professors have asked how many students read or write blogs. I am always a little shocked by how few have explored the potential of blogs.

Few of my friends share my enthusiasm for multimedia journalism blogs. Those that do tend to share my habit of speaking of these journalist/bloggers as if I’ve meet them. It’s a habit that those outside of the blogosphere find strange.

On Tuesday, I got to meet a few of my heroes. After almost 12 hours of observing and chatting with Joe Weiss, Regina McCombs, and Chuck Fadely, I found that the gods are mortal.

They’re not super-geniuses looking down on the rest of j-land. They’re people who have been in the business long enough to understand what journalism needs and how to get it. We discussed the ways people get into journalism, the development of Soundslides, differences of taste in online video and gossiped about the goings-on at various newspapers.

Thank you all for hangin’ out. It’s great to put a face and a voice to the people I admire.

Edit: What I get for writing posts on the go: It was Monday, not Tuesday.

  • I’m glad to read that you got to spend time with them. Your post really expresses the kind of feeling I get from going to good conferences. Also, I have the video of their presentations from Tuesday and they will be going online sometime soon.

  • I’m glad to read that you got to spend time with them. Your post really expresses the kind of feeling I get from going to good conferences. Also, I have the video of their presentations from Tuesday and they will be going online sometime soon.

  • Ooh, thanks, Craig. I had really wanted to see that!

  • Ooh, thanks, Craig. I had really wanted to see that!

  • Come on, go ahead and say you were in a bar with all three of them for HOURS and HOURS!

    And fact-check each of those proper nouns, please. Just a suggestion.

  • Come on, go ahead and say you were in a bar with all three of them for HOURS and HOURS!

    And fact-check each of those proper nouns, please. Just a suggestion.

  • Come on, go ahead and say you were in a bar with all three of them for HOURS and HOURS!

    And fact-check each of those proper nouns, please. Just a suggestion.

  • Thanks, Mindy. Corrections have been made. And alright, fine: I GOT TO SPEND HOURS IN A BAR WITH MY HEROES!

  • Thanks, Mindy. Corrections have been made. And alright, fine: I GOT TO SPEND HOURS IN A BAR WITH MY HEROES!

  • Glad Mindy clarified the situation so I didn’t have to. Also, I’m amazed you came away with anything useful, given that gossip should have been the first, not last, thing on the list…

  • Glad Mindy clarified the situation so I didn’t have to. Also, I’m amazed you came away with anything useful, given that gossip should have been the first, not last, thing on the list…

  • Glad Mindy clarified the situation so I didn’t have to. Also, I’m amazed you came away with anything useful, given that gossip should have been the first, not last, thing on the list…

  • Regina, the big thing was that the people I admire are human. So I can be human, and realize that I won’t be a master of everything, and still be successful.

  • Regina, the big thing was that the people I admire are human. So I can be human, and realize that I won’t be a master of everything, and still be successful.

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