Three of the best celebrity posts I found at the Huffington Post for 2008 weren’t about the 2008 election, weren’t about how we hate Sarah Palin, George Bush, or how we find the economy in the pits and in fact didn’t use any of the google trend keywords. The celebrity blog posts weren’t about selfish concerns about today’s game of football or the next Dancing with the Stars show. Instead they were about the future of children, news, and about our country. Even though the three writers, Jeff Jarvis, Marian Wright Edelman, and Jim Moore used everyday concerns, they were able to transform their celebrity blog post into a statement that was larger than the initially introduced topic.
In “A Scenario of the Future”, Jeff Jarvis discusses where he thinks the future of journalism is going. Why is the subject of the future of journalism of interest to me? Well, for one, he teaches journalism, has a book coming out, and there he is, writing blogs on topics of his choice just like I do.
So why wasn’t Jeff Jarvis’ celebrity blog post about the future of journalism published in a journal or magazine? What the existence of this celebrity blog says to me is that every little thing we type up can matter to someone, somewhere out on the internet, regardless of where the little bits of information reside. What matters is the content that goes into the article or blog. Even the best celebrity blogs are subject to interesting content, best SEO keyword density, and content. Does Jeff Jarvis stop there?
No, he talks about what he believes editors will do in terms of collating content, making market, and selecting features. He also discusses how journalists will work in their community with other writers to build community interest information. What that says to me is the reason I find local topical articles pay well is that there is a need for this content that isn’t being met.
Marian Wright Edelman’s blog “Is the US Living it’s Creed and Preparing for the Future?” she starts with the election being over and says let’s roll up our sleeves and get back to children. Nothing connects two strangers together quicker than showing pictures of grandchildren. I saw this on a tour in South Africa when I watched my mother-in-law and a local discuss their sons. Marian Wright Edelman’s article continues on with a statement about how lucky we are and then citing “But we have the highest relative child poverty; the highest birth rates among teens (ages 15 to 19); we are last in protecting children against gun violence; we have the highest number of persons incarcerated; and we are the country with the widest gap between the rich and the poor.” Okay, there’s content. And then she suggests some actions.
Marian Wright Edelman’s celebrity blog post to me is where the future of journalism is created by stating a problem and better yet, suggesting some solutions.
In the last celebrity blog by Jim Moore, “The Land of Everybody” he discusses a local Texas runner that made it to the Olympics. He uses everyday senses, activities, visuals that tied me into the story. By painting the runner as someone who sweated, worked hard and then succeeded, I could relate to this athlete. Then Jim Moore’s celebrity blog went one step further, he connected the three winning US Athletes to their status as immigrants to the United States and then on to the bigger problem of how to handle immigration in our country.
Jim Moore’s celebrity blog started out with a runner but then told me a bit about a problem and a possible solutions. Writer’s are creative people. They see events, they see people, they see problems and they dream of the future better than today. That’s what a celebrity blogger can do, like all of us, if we just take the time and put in the effort.