Blogging Case Study: Follow-up forum

Those of you who had an excused absence for this week’s case study can post your follow-up responses here.


* How might Jenner have acted differently? What other resources, if any, should he have devoted to the courtroom blog?
* How might Logan have acted differently? Was she creative enough in her approach to blogging?
* Visit DMN reporter Jason Trahan’s courtroom blog AND compare his courtroom blogging to Logan’s. Is Trahan’s blog more or less effective than Logan’s? Why?


  1. Logan could’ve acted differently by being more open to her editors. I feel as if Logan overreacted when her editors gave her advice and examples of how she should write the blog. I feel she reacted as if she was getting attacked and just complained about her editors bogging her down with guidance. Because of her overreaction, I feel like she blocked out all of their advice and just dumped whatever she had written in her notes on the blog. Logan should have taken all the guidance and advice from her editors and channel all of it to figure out how she wanted to write the blog. Yes, it’s hard when you hear multiple things from multiple editors, but you’re the reporter, and if you’re a good reporter you can figure out how to report using bits and pieces of guidance from your editors.

    Blogs usually show the reporter’s personality, and Logan definitely didn’t give any character to her blog. She wasn’t creative enough, like I said earlier she literally just dumped her notes into the blog. When her editor told her blogging is like emptying out your notepad, I feel like Logan took that literally. Instead of putting in her notes word for word, she definitely could’ve summarized the most important bits of information into a couple of sentences, including observations. I feel like her lack of creativity is due to her lack of preparation and research. If Logan would’ve spent less time worrying and more time researching other great example blogs, she would’ve had more of a grasp on her blog, which would’ve resulted in more creativity.


  2. Sarah,

    I agree with you about the creativity or lack of regarding Logan, but I don’t think she had a lot of bloggers to look at for ideas on blogging style. I think blogging was so knew at that time that the whole courtroom blogging became a “fly by the seat of your pants” type thing.

    I don’t think the editors knew much more than Logan about what should be done. Logan wasn’t prepared and they weren’t either.

    You make a lot of good points. It was ridiculous for her to uploading her raw notes.



  3. I think that Logan made some crucial mistakes regarding her journalistic style, creativity and media ethics.

    Logan knew going into the courtroom that she was unclear about her job as a blogger. She also knows that a journalist is only as credible as they portray themselves to the public.

    Uploading her raw notes, unedited was a huge mistake. She wasn’t creative in her writing, but more than that, she wasn’t accurate. Her editors should have handled the situation differently, but if they weren’t willing, then the ball is in her court.

    From everything I’ve learned here at SMU and very importantly from Tony in Media Ethics, is that if your boss wants you to do something that is going to jeopardize you as a journalist or something that violates your ethics, don’t do it! I personally would rather make my boss angry and possibly lose my job before I will do something I don’t believe in.

    Logan should have stood up for herself and therefore protect her integrity as a journalist.


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