LCA 2010 Day 4: Aw shucks

Once again, my output has been the subject of some interesting comments at ITJourno, the resource site for IT writers and the tech PR community. As most people outside the industry can’t get at the daily Epitome column (which had the slightly cheesy title “Gus on the run”), here’s the relevant bits:

We all know Angus Kidman is prolific, but he outdid even himself yesterday. Kidman’s byline appeared on four different sites yesterday, and on a fifth the day prior, with his story count yesterday reaching double figures. What’s more, he achieved this, not while chained to a desk but while reporting from the Linux conference running in Wellington, right now.

Kidman filed pieces for ZDNet, iTwire, APC and Crikey as well as his typical six stories for Lifehacker . . .

We’ve been through a period where reporters have become increasingly desk-bound but Kidman is proving that doesn’t have to be the way journalists operate. With mobile broadband, fantastic mobile computing options and content management systems that can be updated remotely, why wouldn’t journalists physically chase the news? The ability to differentiate your work, on location, is a huge advantage compared to trying to track people down on the phone or email. One just has to master writing very quickly on the run, which clearly Kidman has done.

The only issue not raised? How to fund being on the ground in the first place, and how to get that writing done as your battery runs down. On the second point, it certainly helps to have a decent media room, which LCA does, as pictured below. It’s worth noting that there are nearly as many Internet connections provided in this room, which is basically being used by just two hacks, as there were at one of the CES sites, where several thousand writers pass by.

Yesterday saw a similar spread of stories across four separate titles. For ZDNet, I wrote up how several New Zealand government agencies are about to start testing Linux-based desktops. At iTWire, there was an opinion piece on whether the open source community is doing enough to communicate with the non-geek world (which was also one of the themes of my Crikey piece earlier in the week). At APC, Jeremy Allison’s observations on Microsoft and patents included some pretty choice quotes.

Lifehacker also got some LCA love of course, with a post about open source learning resources. The Loaded column (uncharacteristically the first of the day) looked at what YouTube’s cricket deal might mean for TV sports. And as always there was more:

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