Michael J. Fitzgerald has been a journalist for 40 years, working as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and web publications. In 2014 he published the novel, "The Fracking War." In 2015, he published his second novel, "Fracking Justice." He writes or contributes to five blogs. He and his wife Sylvia Fox are the owners and principal partners in *subject2change Media, a multi-media firm involved in print, video and broadcast. He writes a weekly column, "Write On" for the daily 'Finger Lakes Times' newspaper in Geneva, NY. He was a journalism professor at CSU Sacramento from 1986 to 2011 teaching Newswriting, Column Writing and Magazine Writing.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The students in the session on writing blogs were excited and perplexed all at the same time - just as they are when they first begin publishing in print. They are unhappy if no one reads them at all, and unhappy if someone reads them and is critical of their work. And students are the most vicious critics of their peers work. Steve Wright of the San Jose Mercury News offered his view of blogging in the last hour, an odd mix of both free market journalism and 'have-the-lawyers-check-your-work. The one bit of definitely BAD advice was:just put it up on the web, if it's wrong you can always just take it down. Let something loose on the internet and it takes on a life of its own, no matter how fast you take it down.