Reporters, unlike bloggers, are bound by a code of ethics requiring impartiality. I've noticed it's tough for many reporters to transition themselves into the wild and crazy blogosphere, where anything goes. Opinion writers like Bill White and Joe Owens have no trouble, but many reporters seem uncomfortable here in Blogistan.
Instead of relaxing his journalistic standards in the blogosphere, Renshaw has instead used QCD to complement or supplement stories appearing elsewhere. His video blog of a recent Allentown city council meeting is, as far as I'm concerned, one of the most informative and innovative local news blogs I've seen. He has also fact checked campaign claims made by Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and challenger Tony Phillips. Instead of the usual two or three stories to cover a political campaign, Renshaw has provided a candy store of stories about Allentown politics, including former council member Lou Hershman.
Renshaw is even using Twitter, a free service for short messages, so that he can "talk directly with readers, provide instant news from council meetings and other events and alert people when something new is posted on the blog." His feed can be accessed here in about a minute. If you are technologically challenged like me, it will take two.
It's worth it, a two way street in which reporter and reader can communicate. Everyone wins, except the politicians.
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