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Blog party! This year’s blogfest is bigger than ever

for The Brooklyn Paper

Newspapers are dying left and right. Ad revenues are falling like bodies on Oct. 29, 1929. And even the New York Times had to hit up a Mexican industrialist to stay alive.

Sounds like the perfect time for the fourth annual Brooklyn Blogfest. Or is it?

This year’s blogfest comes at a crossroads, given the general media-wide downturn and the recent death of the medium’s “blogfather,” Robert Guskind of the Gowanus Lounge.

“Bob was seriously important in terms of his influence and his readership,” said Blogfest’s creator (and our own Smartmom columnist) Louise Crawford (pictured). “The blogfest comes at a key time because bloggers see that they have a big audience — and now they see that it comes a big responsibility.”

At this key juncture, Crawford said the May 7 blogfest would be less of a back-patting lovefest and more of a work session for bloggers to meet colleagues and discuss what’s working and what isn’t.

Brooklyn Blogfest at powerHouse Books [37 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 666-3049], May 7, 7 pm. After party at Galapagos Art Space across the street. For info, visit www.brooklynblogfest.com.

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freddy from slope says:
hmmm...

-article by writer employed by brooklyn papers.

-about an event driven by someone employed by brooklyn papers.

-sole quote by said driver.

-stumping an appearance by someone employed by brooklyn papers.

nytimes of brooklyn. sure it is.

http://www.brownstoner.com/brownstoner/archives/2009/04/brooklyn_paper.php#comments
April 28, 2009, 11:10 am
Frank from South Bklyn says:
freddy from slope says: "hmmm... -article by writer employed by brooklyn papers.
-about an event driven by someone employed by brooklyn papers."

Other media ALSO publicize events generated by their staffs or themselves.
Some don't even really, explicitly, mention the connections.
And something (a) about Bklyn blogs, and (b) with a 300-blogster signup, is kinda-sorta newsworthy, no matter who runs it.

But [slaps forehead] suddenly I see your problem: This thing involves BP writer L. Crawford, whom you dislike/resent -- to the extent of patrolling the BP site and protesting any mention thereof.
Got it!
April 28, 2009, 12:18 pm
freddy from slope says:
frank:

i have nothing against louise. she is wheeling and dealing like a pro. its what columnists do.

i have been to the blogfest before and am even attending this one. i am sure it will be fun.

and its not about her. its about the paper. i get that all publications do it. its a signal to noise issue.

the percentage of "sponsored" activities to actual news is much higher here than more substantive papers. hope it changes. but i doubt it.

and as for trolling. good grief. they publish articles. and ask for comments. i read them and comment because i hope that some non-trivial institution (maybe this one, maybe not) will awake, step up and do the job brooklyn needs.

not holding my breath though.
April 28, 2009, 12:50 pm
Rocky from South Brooklyn says:
How about a Brooklyn Paper having to hit an Australian bottom-feeder to stay alive?
The above? Just another journalistic circle wank.
April 28, 2009, 1:14 pm
Frank from South Bklyn says:
freddy from slope says: "the percentage of 'sponsored' activities to actual news is much higher here than more substantive papers. hope it changes."
-- Well, it's a freebie, and pretty skinny, neighborhood newspaper, not the Times of London.

Rocky from South Brooklyn says: "How about a Brooklyn Paper having to hit an Australian bottom-feeder to stay alive?"
-- I don't like Murdoch, but geez, why are you taking this so personally? (And see above response re: "freebie." It's not as if the guy has co-opted our only serious news source.)
I guess they coulda gone the route of some other local rags: load up on classified, massage parlor, escort, foreclosure, and used-car ads.
Or even charged money, then run reams of civic-booster p.r. handouts and blurry group photos, to insure that somebody's mom buys the thing.
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