No, you did not hit the wrong link by mistake. This is Blue Ridge Muse, or at least the latest evolution of it.
Muse is evolving, straying futher from its beginnings as a photo blog, moving more into the realm of an eye and ear of the community, a place where people can come to visit and discuss the issues of the day.
The newspaperman in me can’t leave well enough alone and I can’t write Chamber of Commerce pabulum. I need to delve into issues, devote time and effort to probing the who, what, where, when and why and examine the how.
Part of this came as I sat down for an interview for The Knight Citizens News Network, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
Wendell Cochran, division director of journalism at American University, submitted the questions for an interview videotaped Monday and slated, if they like what they get, for their Principles of Citizens Journalism module on the project’s web site.
Professor Cochran’s questions made me realize that I can’t just do this thing half way, that Muse’s evolution from a personal blog to a catalyst for community discussion must be nutured and developed.
Next month I head to Washington to participate in a two-day brainstorming session in the Journalism That Matters session of The Media Giraffe project. Bill Densmore, an old friend from my Illinois newspaper days, is heading up the project and was kind enough to invite me to join more than 100 others involved in online, community and citizen journalism to discuss "building the next newsroom."
With luck, what I learn there can make Muse a better community gathering place on the web.