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Getting started… again

There is a difference between a blog which is intended to be read by anyone who might be remotely interested in what I write and a diary which is essentially private. Yet, there is also a similarity: both are started with the intention of continuing with some sort of regularity although they may both be laid-down when there is little or nothing to say.

This is my third start. At the moment there is a lot to say. I have just wished farewell to the latest group of post graduate journalism students at the University of Westminster where I teach. I hope that those who have not already found work will soon get jobs (note to employers: they have a lot to offer you).

Journalism is at one of the most exciting stages in its history. I wish I could go back 40-something years and start again. It is also a painful time for those who feel threatened and confused by the web, blogs, podcasts, multi-media. Transition is always difficult, especially when there is no clear view of what is going to happen. For me that is the thrill.

I want to express my own views, hopes and fears. Mostly it will be about journalism but the world in which reporters and editors operate is a part of it too.