Paula Wethington [paulawethington]
What is your specialty? What subjects do you deal with?
Personal finance, frugal living, Miss America pageant and its local division in Monroe MI, charities and non-profit groups in Monroe MI.
In which media do you presently work or have you worked?
24 years as a newspaper reporter; 5 years as a blogger; multiple social media accounts.
Please list a web address where where one can view an example of your work.
Which paper do you buy on Sundays? Where do you read it?
The Monroe Evening News of Monroe MI and the Detroit Free Press of Detroit MI. Yes, I do read them both.
Do you feel that analytical and investigative journalism is being lost?
It has been (or will be) lost only at the media outlets where newsroom staffers do not have the time and opportunity to pursue a topic that they believe needs more time and attention.
Would you say the journalism blog is revolutionizing the profession?
Not really. It still carries more status in the media and in the public to stay "I'm a columnist" or "I'm a reporter" than to say "I'm a blogger."
I've been "beat blogging" for five years on my main topic and hosted or co-hosted other blogs in the meantime. Therefore, I have quite a bit of experience with this.
The advantages include the fact that immediacy does not have to be lost. One can jump into a conversation as soon as it becomes a trending topic or headline of the day.
I also like the fact that on a blog, I can embed links to follow up points or reference material so the reader can find more information with just one click.
The disadvantages are bloggers must spend quite a bit of time marketing their product instead of focusing solely on reporting and presentation.
What was it that made you create your blog? On what date did you start it?
My main blog is Monroe on a Budget www.monroeonabudget.com
It launched in January 2007 as a personal finance / frugal living blog for the Monroe MI community; and is a spinoff of my reporter job at The Monroe Evening News in Monroe MI.
What advice would you give to someone who wishes to begin a blog?
Building an audience requires more than posting good content. You will also want to become active in social media on your topic so you can meet other bloggers in your genre, comment on their blogs, link to their articles, and participate in projects and discussions.
What hobbies have you got?
I collect Barbie dolls, and at last count had about 150. They are mostly "out of the box" so I can enjoy the dolls.