Blogging for a job

An interesting tale in the Chicago Tribune about bloggers being employed on the strength of their blogs and blogging: although we would not be alone in disagreeing with the headline given to the story:
An unlikely new source of writing talent: Blogs | Chicago Tribune
“The publication that got Elizabeth Spiers her job at New York magazine never saw print. Her witty synthesis of media news and celebrity gossip was showcased on a frequently updated Web log (or “blog”) called, which made its debut late last year and soon became a daily stop for more than 40,000 Web surfers, including much of Manhattan’s media elite.”

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  1. says

    its interesting to see this – I’d often wondered whether blogging could lead into something else career wise…not that I’m thinking about it….but surely it will happen for some!?

  2. says

    I’d been put off of reading the Trib story by the headline. Somehow, it seems not “unlikely” but, rather, very likely that blogs would be recognized as a source of writing talent. Now that I’ve read the article, I can see that the headline was quite misleading. There’s some interesting info in the story.

    As blogging becomes more well-known and understood (mainstream?), I think we’ll see more and more budding professional journalists using the blog as both an online portfolio and a means to hone their writing skills.

    I haven’t seen any news of it yet, but I don’t think it will be long before we see universities and even high schools offering courses in blogging. If I were teaching high school English, I’d be pushing hard for students to blog.