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News Fix (kqednews.org) is KQED's weekday blog about events and stories impacting the Bay Area and beyond. It draws from the growing number of websites, blogs, and online resources covering Northern California and adds the expert reporting and analysis of KQED journalists.
Jon Brooks is News Fix's editor, host, chief blogger, and Bay Area newshound, searching for what's news in the region. Jon previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. He took time from a busy day, just a week after the News Fix launch, to answer a few questions.
You meet someone who asks you about your job. How do you describe News Fix?
We're still in a super-early stage of its evolution, but I am hoping it will function as a window to Bay Area news that melds the professionalism and expertise of KQED's on-air operation with the vast resources and more informal newsgathering occurring on the wider Web. We are going for an "inside-outside" approach.
You sit down at your desk in the morning, where do you start? What are primary
sources for inspiration?
I read local papers and blogs, as well as getting ideas from KQED Radio and from KQED News staff.
What are some of your favorite non-work related blogs?
I really like Boingboing (http://boingboing.net/) and The Awl (http://www.theawl.com/). And a friend of mine has a blog called Wheelchair Kamikaze (http://www.wheelchairkamikaze.com/) that is really amazing. He was diagnosed with progressive MS a few years ago and the blog is both a diary of his experiences dealing with the disease and a clearinghouse for medical and treatment information. It's become a really well-respected source of info for the MS community.
What are some challenges of the job?
The biggest problem I'm having—along with the rest of America and the world—is too much information. I have to make some brutal choices as to what to include and what to spend my time on, or else I'd be working more than 20 hours a day.
How would you like to see the blog change and improve over time?
In addition to including more contributions from staff, I would like to do some original reporting and interviews, solicit longer pieces from community contributors, and include more audio, video, and photos.
Do you have any funny stories from your first week as the News Fix blogger?
Well, the day after I put up my first test post, my ID card became mysteriously demagnetized and I couldn't get into the building. I half-seriously thought: "Well, that didn't take long. One post and they fired me!"
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.