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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Monday, September 20, 2004

    Ohioblog 101 

    Since Mike Needs, the Akron Beacon Journal's public editor, was kind enough to mention Ohioblog in his Sunday column and to encourage visits here, it seems appropriate to welcome newcomers and to explain what this blog attempts to do.

    Editors at the Beacon Journal conceived this blog and, after some discussion,turned it over to me. The idea: put an Ohiocentric slant on this important presidential election in what may be the most critical of battleground states.

    I fall into a category in the blogosphere that might be called the enemy camp. I come from mainstream journalism, and, Dan Rather, Jayson Blair and a few others others aside, respect the craft and those who perform it. Many bloggers, working with neither a journalist's constrictions nor conscience, can and do write opinions unsupportable by either fact or, I think, experience.

    Experience I have: more than 20 years at the Beacon Journal, more than 35 years in journalism. I bring to these daily mini-essays a background in politics and editorial writing, in repoting on and forming opinions for columns about sports,
    books, culture and almost every other conceivable subject. I may not always know what I'm talking about, but I can usually sound as if I do.

    My habit is to scour Ohio's newspapers, a number of others from around the nation, hit a few of the blogs I find reliable and interesting and share with Ohioblog readers the best of what I've found and that which is most pertinent, in my opinion, to Ohio and this election. I fall short of being nonpartisan, but I try to be fair and point out the bright lights and the dim bulbs on both sides. I have opinions, and I don't keep them to myself, though I do try to soft-pedal them more than I might in a traditional column.

    Though blogging requires a substantial amount of time glued to a chair in front of a computer screen, I do get out. I advice the Buchtelite, the independent (that means the staff does not have to take my advice) college newspaper at the University of Akron. I also sell books at Barnes & Noble Booksellers (I've even written some of those I sell).

    These ventures put me in touch with people in a personal way, but the odd thing is, so does Ohioblog. I know you're out there, even if I can't see you.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:39 AM

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