Friday, April 13, 2007


It's been a busy week for new enrollees into Blogpower, a development I'm delighted to see. Our latest colleague is Ruthie Zaftig, a Minnesota based student journalist and single mum. There's interesting stuff all down the page, but her most recent post is too apposite to pass unmentioned: a lucid commentary on the difference between journalism and punditry, and the dangers of blurring the boundaries. It includes a clarion call for respectful debate, and the value of exposure to opposing views:

The key is balance. If you understand all the sides of an issue—all the shades of gray and varying viewpoints—you’ll be better able to defend your own.
I think that, ladies and gentlemen, is as fine a restatement of the Blogpower ethos as you'll find. Welcome aboard, Ruthie!

*Update: the title of the post now reflects the actual title of the blog in question. My apologies for the error.*


Delicolor said...

Indeed, welcome aboard Ruthie.

(My apologies, by the way, for inadvertently putting up a Morleygate blog post onto this list- now deleted. Blogger seems to vaey the order of blogs on the dashboard and I wasn't paying attention.)

james higham said...

I knew this girl was talented. Just read down the page and see how every new post gets better and better.

I consider we are honoured to have her here and I urge you to get round to her blog if you haven't already done so.

On the other hand, Lord Nazh is proving a little tougher nut to crack.

Ruthie said...

Wow, thanks... I'm blushing :)