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Next phase: a conversation between former print journalists

December 11, 2009

Journalists, like other professionals, face a tough road ahead. But they also have more options at their disposal than ever before.

I met Christopher Spencer at WordCamp Birmingham in September. Like me, he’s a newspaper refugee; both of us worked on the editorial side.

And like me, he started blogging about his community, Fayetteville, Ark., on his site, Ozarks Unbound.

Naturally, we had a lot to talk about when it comes to journalism, blogging, newspapers and technology, along with finding a way to still earn a living when your chosen career is going off the rails.

Christopher was kind enough to interview me about these topics. He wrote “Begin the begin: An open message to displaced journalists,” and included our 18-minute audio interview, which you can hear below:

In his post, Christopher wrote:

Turned loose upon the sea of fate by the recent newspaper merger a month ago are a number of writers, photographers, columnists and editors – news gathers and news sense-makers of every stripe. You are talented people who spent your professional career documenting life, too often without a sense of how to make it pay.

Even if you’re not a journalist, you’ll find something of interest in our conversation about how blogging can open up possibilities in work and life.

Have a listen, let me know what you think.

P.S. Christopher is organizing a WordCamp for Fayetteville for May.

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