Robert Latham [2nd100k]
What is your specialty? What subjects do you deal with?
I'm a blogger. I deal with roadtrips. My blog (2nd100k.com) is all about driving on road trips and experiencing what lies between your origin and destination. That would put my specialty somewhere between automotive and travel.
In which media do you presently work or have you worked?
I presently only work in electronic media. I write restaurant reviews for a website locally, as well as my blog. I have previously worked in the dead tree edition of two of my school newspapers, as well as one local paper.
Please list a web address where where one can view an example of your work.
My web address is www.2nd100k.com. I'm also going to be published very very soon on www.loudouneats.com. Loudouneats is not yet active but will be soon.
What is "news"?
Anything current that interests someone.
Which paper do you buy on Sundays? Where do you read it?
I buy whichever local paper is available for the city I'm currently in. Since I live in the DC Metro area, largely the answer to this question is the Washington Post, however, when I'm on the road, it varies based on location. A good, thick Sunday paper with lots of human interest stories will always win out over a thick smarmy political rag.
Does freedom of expression end where the editorial line begins?
No. Part of being a good writer is to allow both to coexist. Pure expressionism is fiction, purely "the facts" writing is incredibly boring. The best example of a publication which has the proper balance is Automobile magazine. Just enough expression to be incredibly interesting, but solid enough facts to be a good source of information. Car and Driver, on the other hand, is mostly about the facts and numbers. Occasionally the latter can be incredibly boring.
Do you feel that analytical and investigative journalism is being lost?
Short answer. Yes.
What was it that made you create your blog? On what date did you start it?
After lots of searching I was unable to find any that dealt with the non-technical aspects of driving an older vehicle. The fact remains that most people who drive a vehicle with more than 100k miles on the odometer are incredibly satisfied with their vehicles. The vast majority of automotive media is about the new and shiny, rather than the older and more accomplished.
How many visits a day do you get? What type of comments do you receive?
My daily visits range from 1-7. I don't have many followers, but seeing as though the blog is new, it will take some time for it to pick up.
Reston, Virginia, USA