Though I live in Astoria, I spend much of my time reading about Brooklyn and going to Brooklyn because I write for brooklyntheborough.com. One of the things I quickly learned is that Brooklyn — other than being the artist/hipster/musician mecca of New York — is also a blog mecca.
Here’s a sampling of the few blogs I’ve come across, which gives you an idea of how hyperlocal news is getting these days. Some are by freelance journalists, and some are by former or current (insert here profession) who are actively involved in their neighborhoods.
It’s good news for readers, because blogs are updated frequently and provide a great way for them to participate in discussions. Still, most work with skeleton crews who are either unpaid or paid very little, and grab news from the big newspapers that continue to lose money. Is journalism going to stay a viable career (which is a notion many journalists would snicker at) or is this the age of news by hobbyists with day jobs?
Such a conundrum.
Brownstoner : real estate and renovation
BushwickBK.com : life in Bushwick, Ridgewood, East Williamsburg
Brooklyn Based : food, art, shops
Clinton Hill Blog
Brooklyn Heights Blog
My latest story, about luxury condo auctions, is now up: “At Brooklyn’s first luxury condo auction, agent advises ‘buyer beware.'”
To get an idea just how long it had been since I’d written an article, my last one was published in January.
But I didn’t sit idle long. I moved back home to Richmond, saved money, had a two-month stint at a law firm (yeah, I’m not kidding), ran a 5k (a big feat for this former non-runner and couch potato), created my online portfolio (still under construction, but I’m so excited to publish it!) and moved to New York to freelance.
I like staying busy, what can I say?
Coming up with the lede used to be my favorite activity. I’d usually have one in my head before I even sat down to write the story. This time, I was intimidated. I hadn’t written one in so long, I felt I’d forgotten how to do it. I probably fudged with the introductory paragraph for about an hour (which is what newswriting 101 tells you NOT to do), and the rest came out in halting spurts of jumbled thoughts. Still, the key is practice, and I already have another assignment to tackle.
As my editor said, it’s like riding a bicycle.