Marty Baron in Reporting 1

The live blog account should be below! Or you can go to the original page. What a great day this was in our class. I’m hoping that next time, we can work with the other Reporting 1 or other classes as well. Congrats, y’all! (I note the time is TOTALLY and COMPLETELY off, by 7 hours. So that’s weird. Maybe ScribbleLive is housed in … er, what’s 7 hours ahead of us right now, England? Before DST starts there. Hunh.) Next time, we will test-drive CoveritLive.

By the way, former J-school student Daniel Bachhuber has a post up giving his analysis of Baron’s Ruhl Lecture (which, as you know, took place just after our class ended), and here is the audio link and full text of the lecture (from the J-school site). Here’s the Register Guard article about the lecture.

  • 4:08 PM Reporting1Suzi – We’re testing out ScribbleLive to use for our class blog. The real live-blogging starts around 2:30 pm PDT today, April 2.
  • 9:17 PM Reporting1BenC – 2:15 PM. Everyone in Suzi Steffen’s Reporting 1 class is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Boston Globe editor Marty Baron. Anticipation is running high, as are nerves. No one wants to blow it on their first big assignment.
  • 9:17 PM stevenvail – Fifteen minutes prior to meeting Martin Baron, Reporting 1’s electronic communication is ready to fire. Photographers prepped and reporters standing by. We’re pleased to invite any comments out there. Enjoy.
  • 9:19 PM Reporting1Becca – It’s Day 2 of Reporting 1 and we have Boston Globe editor Martin “Marty” Baron visiting our class in fifteen minutes. We’re all very excited! And nervous… Comments would be wonderful!
  • 9:23 PM Reporting1BenC – This is the first Live blog that I have ever been a part of, so I will do my best to keep everyone informed and up to date.
  • 9:26 PM Reporting1Kate – I’m testing out my blogging skills, as well, so hopefully this will work somewhat well! Like Prof. Steffen just mentioned, live blogging, Twitter, and other social media networks are tools for journalists, just like a pen, to help take uniquely 21st century “notes”.
  • 9:26 PM Reporting1BenC – He arrives!!! Four minutes early.
  • 9:26 PM Reporting1Becca – Five minutes! We’re so well-prepared we’re talking about following Shaq on Twitter. And there he is! Will keep all updated…
  • 9:26 PM Reporting1Kate – 2:26 and Martin Baron has just walked in the door. Introductions ensue.
  • 9:27 PM Reporting1Kate – To clarify the format for followers outside of the class, we have four live bloggers working with four traditional news writers, four live-Tweeters (on Twitter), and three photographers.
  • 9:28 PM Reporting1BenC – Baron is sporting a Grey jacket and pant combo with a blue dress shirt and red canvased tie.
  • 9:28 PM Reporting1Kate – Baron answers the first question, explaining his family experience and parental interest in news and current events influenced his desire to become a journalist. No one person inspired him, he just was attracted to it because he was surrounded by interest in news.
  • 9:28 PM Reporting1Becca – Baron says he was inspired to enter journalism by his family, who were always very interested in current events.
  • 9:28 PM stevenvail – We’re starting with questions. Martin Baron grew up with an interest in international affairs.
  • 9:29 PM WhitneyMountain – The class is excited to be learning to use social media and multimedia to report the news. Reporting I is already more currently applicable than many of the classes in lower-division journalism classes.
  • 9:29 PM Reporting1BenC – Influential story: Sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
  • 9:30 PM Reporting1Kate – One of the most influential stories Baron has been involved with: The investigation of the pattern of sexual abuse within the Catholic church in Boston and elsewhere. Spent about 8 months on, including going to court to open documents that had been sealed. Forty-year cover up of pattern of sexual abuse, sparked popular controversy.
  • 9:30 PM Reporting1BenC – January 6, 2002, the first published story involving members of the archdiocise of Boston.
  • 9:30 PM Reporting1Kate – Abuse story had an impact across the country, in the church, and internationally. It continues to have an impact on current attitudes and actions taken within the church.
  • 9:31 PM Reporting1BenC – This was the first of many stories to come out about sexual abuse within the Catholic church, and it spawned many cases state, nation as well as world wide.
  • 9:31 PM Reporting1BenC – Student journalism marketing: “Students need to have some of the traditional skills as well as the contemporary skills.”
  • 9:32 PM Reporting1Kate – What is the best way for J students to market themselves in a changing job market? Baron says students need to have traditional skills and principles like curiosity about neighborhoods and the world; a rigor about how to report on community and the broader world; adherence to principles of fairness and accuracy. Students now have new tools to work with šŸ™‚ and they should know how to apply and use them.
  • 9:32 PM Reporting1BenC – “Adhere to the principles of fairness, honesty and accuracy” In my words, just like Fox News. šŸ™‚
  • 9:32 PM Reporting1Suzi – I hope all of the reporting students are listening to the importance of accuracy and honesty and curiosity in journalism (I know they are because I see them blogging it!).
  • 9:32 PM stevenvail – Question: What story has had the most impact in career? Story over the pattern of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. Because of the intensity of stakeholders, the story has impacted many.
  • 9:32 PM Reporting1Becca – Best way for journalists to market themselves these days? Have traditional skills like curiosity about neighborhoods and world, rigor about reporting, fairness, accuracy… Also need to familiarize with new tools, have profound understanding of business side of industry.
  • 9:33 PM Reporting1Kate – Also important to have an understanding of the business side of journalism. “Increasingly important in an era of entrepreneurship in journalism.”
  • 9:33 PM stevenvail – Baron states in regards to journalism today, “We are about to enter an era of entrepreneurship.”
  • 9:34 PM Reporting1BenC – “If journalism can’t be paid for, it can’t be practiced”
  • 9:34 PM Reporting1Becca – Baron says he hopes future journalists strive for traditional principles of journalism.
  • 9:34 PM Reporting1Kate – Prof. Steffen asks: Do J students need to take business classes, too? Baron answers that some business classes are important, especially those like “economics of media” that are more relevant to journalism (not, say, accounting).
  • 9:35 PM Reporting1Becca – Baron says business classes can be very useful for journalism students in these times. Economics is especially important, he says.
  • 9:35 PM Reporting1BenC – Baron is explaining the values of economics and business in journalism. It’s not all about being able to write, it’s about being successful at it.
  • 9:35 PM stevenvail – Baron finds an importance in studying the economics of journalism: past, present, future. Columbia has a developed interesting business models for this.
  • 9:36 PM Reporting1BenC – September 11, 2001; Baron’s first major story which took place 6 weeks after arriving at the Globe.
  • 9:36 PM Reporting1Becca – Baron is talking about his experience covering Sept 11 attacks right after moving to the Globe.
  • 9:36 PM Reporting1Kate – September 11th occurred six weeks after Baron started working at the Globe–still a period of learning people’s names and being under strict scrutiny from peers.
  • 9:37 PM Reporting1BenC – The two planes that hit the World Trade Center in New York City took off from Boston.
  • 9:37 PM Reporting1Kate – “The whole newsroom mobilized to cover that story, very heartwarming and inspiring.” “They stopped paying attention to me, and started paying attention to the news.” “That’s a story that went on and on and on… by the time it settled down, people forgot they had a new boss.”
  • 9:38 PM Reporting1BenC – “We embarked on the most ambitious journalism.”- Talking about reporting on news after September 11.
  • 9:39 PM Reporting1BenC – Being editor of the Boston Globe: “I was the first “outsider”. As in being from out of Boston.
  • 9:39 PM stevenvail – When Baron was making a move to the Boston Globe, he recalls how he was under scrutiny, a natural consequence of becoming boss of a new entity. September 11 happened around this time. Attention in the newsroom was directed to the what is happening now. There was less time with office politics.
  • 9:39 PM Reporting1Becca – How is being editor of Boston Globe different from other newspapers? He says he was called an “outsider.” It was a surprise for many in the newsroom to have someone from another area in the newsroom
  • 9:39 PM Reporting1BenC – “In other news room, it wouldn’t have been an issue.”
  • 9:40 PM Reporting1Kate – How is being the Globe’s editor different from other newspapers? Baron was the first “outsider” to be in charge of the paper. It was a surprise to have an editor coming in who had not been raised in Boston or worked for the Globe previously. You have to demonstrate your commitment and that you’re committed to the kind of ambtitious journalism that the paper is known for. Baron describes this as a kind of test.
  • 9:40 PM Reporting1Becca – Baron says he had to demonstrate he was committed to ambitious journalism.
  • 9:41 PM Reporting1BenC – Citizen journalism: “The people practicing it may be citizens, but they may not be journalists. It’s a term that I’m not very fond of. Anyone on the street can take a photo. Anybody on the street can take a video; what they can’t necessarily do is look behind the scenes.”
  • 9:41 PM stevenvail – Going into the real world, an inspired personal question: What am I committed to? What do I do without being asked to do it. Do I presently allot enough time in my scholastic schedule to follow my passion in journalism, design?
  • 9:41 PM Reporting1Becca – On citizen journalism: Distinction between content and journalism. “Anyone on the street can take a picture…. What they can’t necessarily do is look behind the scenes.”
  • 9:41 PM Reporting1Suzi – Baron says “citizen journalism” is a term without a real definition, which I think is too true. He’s making a distinction between content and journalism. “Anybody on the street can take a picture and can take video;|what they can’t necessarily do is look behind the scenes,” he says.
  • 9:42 PM Reporting1Kate – How is citizen journalism affecting reporting today? Baron explains that this is a term without a real definition. The people may be citizens, but the work is not necessarily journalism. “Content” vs. “journalism”: Baron thinks content is not a good word, it doesn’t have a lot of substance. Anyone can take a picture or video, but not everyone can look behind the scenes at why something happened or who should be held accountable. They can’t write in a coherent (at least) or engaging (at best) way. Journalism goes beyond the picture you see on Flickr or the video you see on Youtube; it’s about adding reportorial value.
  • 9:43 PM Reporting1Suzi – Here’s one of those hyperlocal Boston Globe sites Baron was discussing:
  • 9:43 PM Reporting1Kate – “All of this is a plus for us, but I don’t see it as a substitute for meaningful journalism.” (re: citizen journalism)
  • 9:43 PM Reporting1Becca – On the other hand, he thinks citizen journalism is helping a lot. Globe takes submissions from witnesses of accidents, etc. But he doesn’t think citizen journalism is a substitute.
  • 9:44 PM stevenvail – Idea: citizen journalism compliments live media quite well. Baron explains the frequent use of citizen journalism. Journalism wouldn’t be replaced.
  • 9:44 PM Reporting1Kate – Steffen interjects: issues of libel? Baron cites “vile” comments they receive online. “You want people to have their say, but you don’t want them to defame others.” They will remove such comments.
  • 9:44 PM Reporting1Becca – Issues of libel around citizen journalism? Baron says comment sections are the most difficult, so they monitor and sometimes remove inappropriate posts.
  • 9:44 PM Reporting1Kate – “Very labor-intensive to monitor all of these things”
  • 9:45 PM Reporting1Suzi – Here’s another (different kind of town!):
  • 9:45 PM stevenvail – Social media is a “new territory” and libel/ethics are still being defined. Shout out to Prof. Youm
  • 9:46 PM Reporting1BenC – “There will be journalism in the future. There will be new enterprises.”
  • 9:46 PM Reporting1Kate – Advice for students, should we consider other careers since ‘journalism is on the way out’? Baron: “I wouldn’t recommend other careers.” There will be journalism in the future; there will be new enterprises that emerge. The number of students interested in journalism is heartening.
  • 9:47 PM Reporting1Kate – There will be a lot of reinvention in the future. Baron encourages students to look in new directions, not just large newspapers or magazines. “People should pick careers that are their passion.”
  • 9:48 PM Reporting1Becca – He advises j students to look into careers that involve their passion, don’t only pay attention to what others say will make money. “You can’t count on job security in any field.”
  • 9:48 PM Reporting1Kate – Baron explains that the legal field, too, is changing dramatically and many lawyers are being laid 0ff.
  • 9:49 PM Reporting1Suzi – Baron says “Even teaching is changing dramatically.”
  • 9:49 PM dave koranda – are the hyperlocal sites lucrative for the globe?
  • 9:49 PM Reporting1BenC – Baron is currently talking about how jobs are fading away as technology progresses.
  • 9:49 PM John Russial – Ask him what he thinks of Twitter
  • 9:49 PM stevenvail – Question: Journalism careers after college? Many niches of journalism are developing and growing. Business journalism is an example. Again, entrepreneur concept. Baron is sharing career advice. He suggests finding a job you have passion for, you never know when a job could be replaced or exported. Turbo tax. Online classes. Worldwide degrees. These are all examples of changes in career fields.
  • 9:50 PM Reporting1Kate – “It’s been a really bad time to go into journalism for the last 33 years of my life and I’ve been able to make a career out of it.”
  • 9:50 PM Reporting1BenC – Baron got his start with Miami Herald in 1976 as the United States was coming out a recession.
  • 9:50 PM Reporting1BenC – It was during a time when everyone said it was a bad idea to get into journalism.
  • 9:51 PM stevenvail – “Its been a bad time to go into journalism for thirty years,” Baron comments on his own experience and how changes are always occurring.
  • 9:51 PM Reporting1Kate – Are hyperlocal sites lucrative for the Globe? Too early to tell, they only launched in January.
  • 9:51 PM Reporting1Becca – Lots of laughs from Baron about Twitter question
  • 9:52 PM Reporting1Kate – Hopes that hyperlocal sites will appeal to smaller advertisers that might not have been able to afford advertising in more traditional outlets.
  • 9:53 PM Reporting1BenC – About Twitter: “I don’t have much experience at it. My limited, most intense experience came when someone posed as me.”
  • 9:53 PM Reporting1Suzi – I just asked Dave Koranda’s question, along with John Russial’s. Baron says hyperlocal sites are too young (they have plans for 100 and have four right now), but he’s hoping local businesses that can’t afford big ads can maybe buy on the local sites.
  • 9:53 PM Reporting1Kate – Issue of Twitter: I don’t have as much experience at it. Baron has an imposter on Twitter! (my comment: Who seems to have an unhealthy fascination with whales)
  • 9:53 PM Reporting1BenC – “It allows people to pose as other people, and to assume their identities. I find this to be extremely problematic.”
  • 9:53 PM Reporting1Becca – Baron says he doesn’t have much experience with Twitter, other than someone posing as him, so “at the moment I don’t think very well of Twitter… I find that very problematic.”
  • 9:54 PM stevenvail – Baron tells of his limited experience with Twitter. There is an opportunity for identity theft.
  • 9:54 PM Reporting1BenC – Bias in journalism on TV: “It has made it more interesting, but also hurt it.”:
  • 9:54 PM Reporting1BenC – Many of those are more entertainment rather than journalistic shows
  • 9:55 PM Reporting1Kate – Political bias (i.e. Fox News) has made journalism more interesting in some ways and has also hurt journalism. “It’s journalistic entertainment or entertaining journalism, I’m not sure.” Baron addresses accusations that Globe is a left-leaning publication, but asserts that no one knows what his views are. He’s been accused of being anti-everything at some point.
  • 9:57 PM Reporting1Becca – Baron says investigative journalism like Catholic church coverage, 2000 election, MA governor scandal…. He says he believes in that kind of journalism.
  • 9:57 PM Reporting1Kate – Baron is citing examples of investigative journalism like the Catholic church scandal, the 2000 Presidential election in Florida and the Herald’s recount, and more. “I believe in that kind of journalism. I believe in the journalism of research and verification.”
  • 9:57 PM Reporting1Suzi – Some of the sites Baron talked about as possibly entrepreneurial (it’s a mix):,, and
  • 9:57 PM Reporting1BenC – Baron is currently talking about effective. Example given: Ballot count by the Miami Herald after the Gore/Bush election.
  • 9:58 PM Reporting1Suzi – I really liked “I believe in the journalism of research and verification, not the journalism of entertainment.” Though of course I believe in *covering* entertainment and the arts as well. (Arts editor talking here!)
  • 9:59 PM Reporting1Kate – Biggest challenge in career: Can’t identify any one thing. Has moved around a bit and stepped into a lot of new jobs, every one is a challenge. “Anybody who’s an editor in an urban area deals with ethnic conflict.” Baron is talking about the Elian Gonzalez issue in Florida in 2000.
  • 9:59 PM Reporting1Becca – Greatest challenge in MB’s carrer? Says he can’t identify any one thing. “Every new job is a challenge” Says working in urban areas gives way to many ethnic issues, especially when working in Miami–many Cuban-American issues.
  • 10:00 PM Reporting1Kate – Anglos felt it was a simple political issue–Elian belonged with his father. Cuban-Americans saw it as more complicated and likened to ‘what if a child was thrown over the Berlin wall?’ The challenge was trying to do right by all the different constituencies and understand them and convey their points of view.
  • 10:01 PM Reporting1Becca – “Ethnic tensions were very intense.” Says one of the trickiest (but important) things is to understand both sides of controversy.
  • 10:01 PM stevenvail – Question: Greatest challenge? Answer: Not one thing, every different job is a challenge in a new way. Ethnic issues/battles in urban environments are something to balance. Concept: A publication must well understand both sides, and publish both sides. Coping with raw emotions in the newsroom and the public’s sensitivity is all a challenge.
  • 10:02 PM Reporting1BenC – Fewer resources, more expectations in today’s world
  • 10:03 PM Reporting1Kate – How hard is it to maintain this public good in the current economic situation? Very hard. It’s important to have the resources. News updates throughout the day, audio and video, communicate with readers online and through blogs… At the end of the day, they have to produce a newspaper that is new and different from what they’ve been doing all day. Everything is already known by the next morning. What is a newspaper these days? What should a newspaper do?
  • 10:03 PM Reporting1Suzi – “Many people think that the greatest challenge is what are you going to do on the web, but in many ways the challenge is what are you going to do in the newspaper the next morning” because of constant news on the Internet.
  • 10:03 PM Reporting1BenC – “Many people think the greatest challenge is what we’re going to do on the web. In many ways the greatest challenge is what we’re going to do in the newspaper.”- Talking about news on the internet.
  • 10:04 PM Reporting1Becca – Says “We certainly seem more politicized” He says many people seek information to confirm their point of view, no matter where the information comes from.
  • 10:04 PM Reporting1Kate – Highly politicized times. People look for things that affirm their beliefs and align with their perspective. This produces a huge challenge, certainly to mainstream media and probably to all media.
  • 10:04 PM stevenvail – This is a curious point: Baron questions what should we do with the newspaper when through social media and online news the audience knows the news before tomorrow’s morning paper.
  • 10:05 PM Reporting1Becca – He says dialogue has gone from phone lines to high-speed broadband.
  • 10:06 PM Reporting1Kate – What are your current goals for the Globe? Baron: “We want to get through these enormously challenging times.” “We need to figure out a way to get through this. We need to figure out a way to make enough money to support quality journalism.”
  • 10:06 PM Reporting1BenC – Current goals for the Globe: “We want to get through this enormously challenging time. We need to figure out a way to get enough money to support quality journalism.”
  • 10:07 PM stevenvail – Baron explains the need for quality journalism to remain in today’s economy.
  • 10:07 PM Reporting1Kate – “What’s important to me is the journalism.”
  • 10:07 PM Reporting1Becca – Current goals for Globe? Big question! Says they need to figure out a way to make enough money to support all their journalists. “What’s important to me is journalism, not the paper, but real journalism.”
  • 10:07 PM Reporting1BenC – Baron’s focus is more on the state of journalism, rather than the state of the paper.
  • 10:07 PM Reporting1Suzi –
  • 10:07 PM stevenvail – Question in spanish. (Baron speaks fluently).
  • 10:08 PM Reporting1Kate – Bri’s asking Baron a question in Spanish.
  • 10:08 PM Reporting1Becca – Oh, now we get to hear him in Spanish!
  • 10:08 PM stevenvail – periodicos eticos
  • 10:08 PM Reporting1BenC – Baron is now conversing in Spanish with fellow Reporting 1 student Briselda Molina.
  • 10:08 PM Reporting1Kate – Hay un gran demand para periodistas hispanohablantes.
  • 10:08 PM Reporting1Suzi – I added this video from a January, 2008, interview because hey, it’s available.
  • 10:09 PM Reporting1Becca – I’m catching little of it, but not enough to relay what they’re saying!
  • 10:09 PM Reporting1Kate – or something like that… I think they’re talking about classes and opportunities for spanish-speaking journalists.
  • 10:09 PM Reporting1Suzi – And Brie’s asking questions in Spanish, and Baron’s answering them. Looks like one blogger gets much of the question!
  • 10:09 PM Reporting1BenC – I really starting to regret not speaking Spanish in the last 5 years.
  • 10:09 PM Reporting1BenC – My fluidity has faded. šŸ˜¦
  • 10:10 PM stevenvail – “I have forgotten my English” Baron jokes as we continue the interview.
  • 10:10 PM Reporting1Kate – There’s a big difference between speaking and actually writing a language–this would have an impact on spanish-language journalism.
  • 10:10 PM Reporting1Suzi – The question Brie’s asking about how he learned Spanish is, by the way, answered in the video.
  • 10:10 PM dave koranda – is it feasible to have more indepth reporting in the paper/ the way stories are developed by npr?
  • 10:11 PM Reporting1Suzi – (Thanks, Dave, we’ll get to that in a second! I *love* the question.)
  • 10:12 PM Reporting1Becca – Baron says he learned Spanish while in L.A., took private classes, then went to Mexico and lived with a family for a month, then Guatemala for 3 weeks, then Costa Rica. He says it was beneficial to go to many countries to learn different accents and vocabulary
  • 10:13 PM Reporting1Kate – perfolaciones completas y no completas = hanging chads in Spanish (back to the vote-counting issues of 2000)
  • 10:15 PM stevenvail – Baron continued Spanish lessons on a continuing basis. He explains the difference in using Spanish in his career – the difference from Miami to Boston. Miami Spanish speakers prefer English, suggested because they would not like to be seen as non-English speakers. In Boston, they are delighted to speak Spanish.
  • 10:15 PM Reporting1Kate – Baron doesn’t think that current bonus issues are a privacy issue.
  • 10:16 PM Reporting1Suzi – If you want to follow the Twitter updates, it’s fairly easy here: (if you don’t have a Twitter account) or in Tweetchat ( with the hashtag #SOJCBaron.
  • 10:17 PM Reporting1Kate – He thinks that some public records are more of a privacy issues, such as concealed weapon permits and public employee salaries. Does it serve a public purpose?
  • 10:18 PM Reporting1Suzi – Ben C. is asking Dave Koranda’s question (and getting the smackdown!).
  • 10:19 PM Reporting1Becca – Baron says notion that NPR does more indepth reporting than newspapers is a myth
  • 10:19 PM stevenvail – NPR is a following of newspapers. They do some original reporting.
  • 10:19 PM Reporting1Kate – Is it feasible to have more in-depth reporting like on NPR? Baron says that virtually every story he hears on NPR is one he has already read in a newspaper. They feed “parasitically” on newspapers and give very little credit.
  • 10:19 PM Reporting1Becca – He says NPR does good work, but “so much of what they do is derived from the papers.”
  • 10:20 PM stevenvail – Idea: Where stories are derived from is important. International publications. Cross check…
  • 10:20 PM Reporting1BenC – The answer that Baron gave in regard to the comparison between NPR and newspaper journalism was astounding and very passionate.
  • 10:20 PM Reporting1Kate – Baron doesn’t want to talk about silly mistakes he made early in his career.
  • 10:20 PM Reporting1Becca – Silly mistake he made early in career?? Laughs, and declines to comment
  • 10:21 PM Reporting1Kate – Baron assuages Whitney’s fears with his belief that copy editors will still have a place on the web.
  • 10:21 PM Reporting1BenC – His feelings on the issue are that NPR’s stories are recycled from stories from the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, etc. They are more in depth because they have the time to do the research after the fact.
  • 10:22 PM Reporting1Becca – Opportunities for copy editors on the web? Baron says yes, though he’s not sure how everything will change. He points out writing headlines on web are much different from in paper because you have to include searchable keywords, which can suppress creativity
  • 10:22 PM stevenvail – Question of libel and grammar. Is there a place for copy editors on the web? There will always be a place Baron responds. Online: Headlines are different. They should include all the necessary key words for search engines.
  • 10:22 PM Reporting1Kate – Search engines suppress creativity in headlines because they force them to be more literal and include all of the terms that someone might search. Interesting side-effect.
  • 10:23 PM Reporting1Kate – The Globe has had training sessions with copy editors about what kind of headlines to write for the web.
  • 10:23 PM Reporting1Becca – How interesting, I hadn’t thought about the difference in headline writing on the web…
  • 10:25 PM Reporting1Suzi – I asked about how reader interaction has affected reporting at the Globe. Baron’s talking about the principal’s memo that there were no vampires on campus (will post that story in a second). Monitoring the comments meant that the Globe learned more about the situation and did more reporting and came up with a deeper story.
  • 10:25 PM Reporting1BenC – Reactions on reader feedback: “We read the comments.”
  • 10:25 PM Reporting1Becca – Baron says reader comments can “influence course of reporting.”
  • 10:25 PM Reporting1BenC – I thought I was going to have more.
  • 10:26 PM Reporting1Suzi – Here’s the story:
  • 10:26 PM Reporting1Kate – Reading reader comments helped Globe writers learn about vampires. Comments influenced the course of reporting on a press release that there were no vampires on campus (revealed that it was spurred by kids dressing “goth” and harassment). Similarly, comments can be useful following a call for witnesses after a train crash or something like that.
  • 10:26 PM Reporting1Kate – Baron is a Red Sox fan.
  • 10:26 PM Reporting1Becca – Big round of applause for Baron!
  • 10:27 PM Reporting1BenC – On being a Red Sox fan : “Of course I am.”
  • 10:27 PM Reporting1BenC – I am ashamed
  • 10:27 PM Reporting1Kate – The interview has ended and we’re going to walk Baron to his next interview.
  • 10:27 PM stevenvail – Thankyou Martin Baron and fellow students, and watchers! Hope you all enjoyed. Take Care, Steven
  • 10:28 PM Reporting1BenC – Thank you very much Martin Baron. Glad I was able to talk with you twice.
  • 10:28 PM Reporting1Becca – Thanks for tuning in! This was an exciting experiment. We’re off to the EMU Ballroom…
  • 11:02 PM Reporting1Suzi – Thanks, everyone, for your participation! That was a great experience. I’m closing the blog out, but I will be Twittering about the Ruhl Lecture with the hashtag #SOJCBaron (and I’m sure some of my students will be too!).

About Suzi Steffen

Suzi Steffen teaches, writes, edits, reviews and rides (her adult tricycle named Momo) in Eugene, Oregon. For many years, she taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. As of fall 2015, she's teaching at Linn-Benton Community College, and as of fall 2017, she's also teaching at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State. Suzi edited Lane Monthly and works as an arts journalist across the state and country. You can find her at jprofsuzi on Twitter or email her at jprofsuzi at gmail dot com.
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3 Responses to Marty Baron in Reporting 1

  1. Scott says:

    Accra, Ghana is 7 hours ahead of PST… Though I doubt that’s where ScribbleLive is hosted.

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