Deggans Speaks Out on Blogs - Surprise! He Likes Them!
When I ran into former WTVT-Ch. 13 reporter Amani Channel at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea I'd soon be headed for YouTube immortality.
But Channel, who was developing a show for the Black Family Channel before that outlet went the way of all things, eventually tracked me down with a camera and spent some time talking with me about the impact of blogs. Channel has been placing some innovative content of his own on his blog, My UrbanReport.com. Originally conceived as a home for the citizen journalism-type show he was developing for BFC, Channel has turned MyUrbanReport into an interesting mix of vlogs, blog entries and more.
Amani was nice enough to upload his video chat with me to YouTube, where he has assembled an interesting channel filled with reports from NABJ and more. Here's my own blathering about how blogs keep mainstream media energized: