Putting out a personal status page

I found this interesting post in 43 Folders on the need for a personal status page via a link from Sacha Chua. I think a personal status page would be a great way to inform people you are dealing with on the progress on common projects or tasks assigned to you.

I always tell people I’m easier to contact through e-mail or through my blog and that’s true. I always check my mails but I seldom check my phone and most of the time it’s in silent mode and I wouldn’t know whether I received a message. I’m setting up a status page using PBWiki so that people I deal with will know whether I’m doing the tasks I’m supposed to do and they’ll have an indication on how far away I am from completion. My personal status page can be found here.

Manolo Quezon: Blogging is the salvation of print media

Manuel L. Quezon III is among the country’s top political bloggers. He describes himself as a “prototypical pajama blogger” working and blogging from home. During the House of Representatives’ vote on the committee reports dismissing the impeachment complaints against Arroyo, Manolo covered the proceedings from late afternoon until 4:00 a.m. when he collapsed in exhaustion. Below are transcripts of my email interview with Manolo for the “See it, hear it, blog it” article for Sun.Star Cebu during the Cebu Press Freedom Week.

Max: Professor Jay Rosen of the New York University said early this year that the question of bloggers vs. journalists is over. He says the “question now isn’t whether blogs can be journalism. They can be, sometimes. It isn’t whether bloggers “are” journalists. They apparently are, sometimes.” Do you agree with his statement? Do you see yourself as journalists in the mold of reporters producing original news content or more of opinion writers who comment on news items?

Manolo: In my particular case, I have always been an opinion writer (either as a columnist or editorial writer), or have delved into history. Whether history (examples would be my pieces on Edsa One or say, the American period) or reportage (reportage, to me, is a kind of literary form of the essay, I’ve been influenced in this view by Ryzsard Kapuzsinsky, by Tom Wolfe, Nick Joaquin, etc.), or opinion-writing, which includes both analysis and commentary (analysis is putting together events and circumstances to come up with an educated guess of future trends, or a prognosis on ongoing events; commentary is a synthesis of personal views and that of other people on a specific person or event).

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Newsroom babies

I brought Lennon to work last Sunday. He wouldn’t let go of his mother just as we were leaving for work so we had to bring him with us. His older brother, who says he cannot sleep without him at his side and vice versa, agreed when we explained we couldn’t take him with us because he had to wake up early the next day to make it to class on time.

The newsroom is a child-friendly environment to work in. Editors and reporters, at times, take their kids to work, especially during weekends. The newsroom also schedules an annual party for its employee’s children.

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Lennon listens to Dora the Explorer

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Sassy Lawyer: Blogging is a learning experience

Lawyer Connie Veneracion is more known by her online persona – The Sassy Lawyer. She runs The Sassy Lawyer’s Journal, PinoyCook and, with Abe Olandres, Pinoyblog. Veneracion recently started writing for Manila Standard Today as a print columnist – a rare transition these days when movements are the other way around – from print to online. Below are transcripts of my e-mail interview with her for my “See it, hear it, blog it” article for Sun.Star Cebu during the Cebu Press Freedom Week.

Max: Professor Jay Rosen of the New York University said early this year that the question of bloggers vs. journalists is over. He says the “question now isn’t whether blogs can be journalism. They can be, sometimes. It isn’t whether bloggers “are” journalists. They apparently are, sometimes.”

Do you agree with his statement?

Connie: Yes, in essence, I agree. But the validity of his observation has to be based on a set of givens.

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Abe Olandres: With blogging, everyone has a voice

Abraham Olandres runs some of the country’s most visited web logs: pinoyblog.com, pinoytechblog.com and yugatech.com. He is among the very few Pinoy bloggers actually earning enough from their sites to pay for web hosting and other expenses. Abe said in an e-mail interview that a month’s earnings from his Google AdSense account are enough to pay for a year’s hosting and domain expenses. Below are transcripts of my e-mail interview with him for my “See it, hear it, blog it” article for Sun.Star Cebu during the 2005 Cebu Press Freedom Week.

Max: Professor Jay Rosen of the New York University said early this year that the question of bloggers vs. journalists is over. He says the “question now isn’t whether blogs can be journalism. They can be, sometimes. It isn’t whether bloggers “are” journalists. They apparently are, sometimes.” Do you agree with his statement? Do you see yourself as journalists in the mold of reporters producing original news content or more of opinion writers who comment on news items?

Abe: Although I tend to make opinions on news, I find myself making the news or passing it up so that more people can be made aware of it faster. In that sense, one might consider the blogger a journalist.

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Ka Edong: Blogging has become another way for Filipinos to connect

Edwin Soriano runs Technobiography, last year’s Most Informative Blog awardee of the Philippine Blog Awards. His site is among the best online source for Philippine telecoms news and reviews. Ka Edong has recently transferred Technobiography to his own web server technobiography.edongskey.com. Below are transcripts of my e-mail interview with him for my “See it, hear it, blog it” article in Sun.Star Cebu for the 2005 Cebu Press Freedom Week.

Max: Professor Jay Rosen of the New York University said early this year that the question of bloggers vs. journalists is over. He says the “question now isn’t whether blogs can be journalism. They can be, sometimes. It isn’t whether bloggers “are” journalists. They apparently are, sometimes.” Do you agree with his statement?

Do you see yourself as journalists in the mold of reporters producing original news content or more of opinion writers who comment on news items?

Ka Edong: I see myself more in the realm of opinion writers who comment on news items.

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Lacierda: Blogs are as much an avenue for brave souls as much as it is a refuge for cowards

Lawyer Edwin Lacierda teaches at the FEU Institute of Law. He is also a guest lecturer at the De La Salle University. Here are transcripts of my interview with him. Lacierda runs the San Juan Gossip Mills Outlet at lacierda.blogspot.com. Here are the transcripts of my e-mail interview with him.

Max: Professor Jay Rosen of the New York University said early this year that the question of bloggers vs. journalists is over. He says the “question now isn’t whether blogs can be journalism. They can be, sometimes. It isn’t whether bloggers “are” journalists. They apparently are, sometimes.” Do you agree with his statement? Do you see yourself as journalists in the mold of reporters producing original news content or more of opinion writers who comment on news items?

Ed: To the extent that bloggers have the necessary resources to carry out reporting and what would otherwise be the province of journalism, the answer is yes. In the absence of those resources, a blogger would probably be more comfortable being an opinion writer and rely on the broadsheets for the newsfeed.

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Interview notes on my blogging article

I will start publishing today my interview notes for the “See it, hear it, blog it” article printed in a Sun.Star Cebu Special Story during the recent Cebu Press Freedom Week. I would have started printing the notes last week but I was out chasing one deadline after another – including the launching of Sun.Star Cebu’s citizen journalists project.

Totoy tale

Someone got into my site by looking for meaning totoy in Yahoo UK search.

The entry in the traffic logs intrigued me and I tried searching for the phrase in Yahoo UK. I was partly amused and embarrassed to see that my entry on headline disasters was the top result in Yahoo UKs search for meaning totoy (this was two days back. Its no longer the top result.)

The entry in the traffic logs sparked a train of thought into how the person encountered the word totoy and under which context. Totoy, in Tagalog, means kid. In Cebuano, totoy is breast. Which totoy was he (if the person is male) looking for? Was he promised the sight of one or was he dismissed as one for being too brash?

Ratzinger is Pope Benedict XVI

The Roman Catholic Church has a new pope. As an editor for a community newspaper in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, the selection of a new pope is a big event.

All the pages in today’s issue for Sun.Star Cebu were finished and we were just awaiting the results of the next round of voting in the conclave. I was reading Wikipedia’s entry on the Prophecy of the Popes when smoke started coming out of the Sistine Chapel chimney. I was sure it was white and fellow editor Carmel agreed with me. Everyone in the newsroom then started gathering in front of the TV sets.

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