My name is Sam, and this is my brand new blog.
I have been reluctant to commit to this for a while now but it would appear the time has come to embrace what the kids are calling the ‘professional blog’.
I am starting it with the best intentions of keeping an online record of my work as a journalist, inspired largely by articles such as this and hundreds of other journalistic gems hidden within the deepest corners of the world wide web.
For the record I am an online journalist at a local newspaper in England. My job involves a mixture of ‘regular’ journalism and increasingly exciting things involving video cameras, editing software and post-it notes with phone numbers that mean nothing to me.
This is essentially an exercise in self-promotion, as recommended by Mindy McAdams, but I would like to think it is also a new addition to an increasingly saturated market of journalists talking about journalism.
Along with championing my own work, I will use this blog as a place to post links to other much more accomplished writers and broadcasters, some of whom are friends and some merely idols.
I hope it will prove interesting to gain an insight into the world of local journalism through the eyes of a trainee reporter with the added slant of multimedia.
I hope I don’t come across as too pompous or snobbish. Please leave comments as you wish, because as I was probably told at a conference somewhere once, a blog is nothing without two-way contribution.