By Steve Outing
I’ve been blogging for many years, on a weblog called E-Media Tidbits, which is published by the Poynter Institute. I started Tidbits (in 2000) with co-blogger Amy Gahran to cover the new-media scene, but when I went to work for Poynter in 2001 (as senior editor), Tidbits went to Poynter, too, and we then added a bunch more co-bloggers. As its editor, I wrote more than anyone else and considered it to be “my blog.”
Now that I’ve left Poynter (February 2006) to focus on a new business, I’ve started this, my own blog, just for me. What fun! Not employed by a revered journalism institution, now I don’t need to be so careful about what I write! If a political opinion slips in, that’s OK now; blogging for Poynter, it was imperative that I remained neutral. (Journalists can’t express “opinions”; that’s for non-affiliated bloggers. 8^)
Anyway, welcome to my SteveOuting.com blog. Its content will be a mixture of stuff, but I’ll probably stick closely to my areas of expertise: new media, online news, citizen journalism, etc. I’ll often write about my experience building the citizen-media-driven sports websites of the Enthusiast Group, which are for people who are passionate about their sports. My passion is mountain biking (and also road biking, and running when I can manage it without getting injured), so I may blog about that, too.
I remain an occasional contributor to E-Media Tidbits, but this will be my main blogging outlet. Welcome!