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First blog winner in the Orwell Prize for political writing

April 23rd, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

My last post was about the claim that blogging is in decline or at least morphing into something else. There has also been speculation that political and media blogs feed off mainstream media and if this declines becasue of the bloggers, the bloggers will decline too as the symbiotic relationship falls apart. However, many blogs do not rely directly on mainstream media, for instance those that relate to personal experience and observations. For the first time the Orwell Prize has included a category for blogs as well as books and traditional journalism. The winner is Night Jack, the anonymous blog of a serving police officer. I’d never heard of it before but, having had a quick read of some posts and the comments, have found it a bit of an eye opener. As someone who used to teach the sociology of crime covering policing issues, ‘cop’ culture, prisons etc. I  can see this sort of blog as a useful source of controversy and discussion.


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