Friday, April 3, 2009


I went to the Mormon Beat session of the Mormonism in the Public Mind Conference which featured four representatives from different newspapers talking about mormonism in the news. The rep from the Boston Globe was talking about the role the internet is playing in newspaper circulation, since people can just look online for any news. The influence of the internet has hurt circulation, but he thinks that even though some newspapers will cease to exist, newspapers won't altogether cease to exist.

One of the most interesting points that was brought up was that blogs are being used in the newspapers. I guess I didn't realize that blogs are public domains; I guess I'm like the other people they were talking about who think all their little chats are private. The reps were talking about how they use blogs to determine what people are talking about and what they are interested in. The thing that surprised me the most was that they actually quote some of the blogs for stories, if they feel that the sources are reliable and have credibility and are academic based. I think it's crazy how our seemingly "little chats" to one another can provide newspapers with material, and that blogs can be a credible source of information. Who knew?


  1. My sister in-law has a had her blog for a while now and she has talked about making it private. It's probably for reasons like this. Sometimes people have blogs so that they can say what they want and not worry about what everybody else has to say in response. I do my best on my blog to keep rude things out cause I don't want to really offend anyone. I guess newspapers need to get their info somewhere and if a blog is good and valid enough maybe it just might be worth it to quote it. I would probably only quote a blog in reference to how people fell about things or maybe to prove a point.

  2. I think a blog is a perfect place for reporters to get information. It is the true feelings of the public and blogs have given more people the ability to voice their opinion. I thought the reporter from the Boston Globe was interesting. It's always great to hear opinions on religion outside of Utah or even the Mormon bubble.