The last two years have seen an explosion in the number of Jersey Blogsites that have appeared in the island. This is to be welcomed: (1) Because for many reasons, the 'accredited' media, as they are sometimes euphemistically called, are unable to sufficiently cover many stories that are of public interest to those interested in Jersey politics and affairs. (2) The blogsites themselves have, in many cases, been able to 'break' new stories that the mainstream media would never have picked up on. One example of this, that I remember clearly, was the incident in January 2010, when it was revealed that the Chairman of PPC had failed to share information with the Committee about a complaint that had been made by the then Chief Officer of Police, Graham Power, against the Chief Minister. Were it not for the exposé carried out by Voice For Children, members of that panel would not have even been aware, and nor would the public. (3) It is a combination of a greater willingness to engage in a seemingly greater level of investigative journalism (in some cases) coupled with the fact that bloggers are not commercially motivated, that the types of stories that they are able and free to cover are sometimes much more in depth, controversial and rigorous.
|Scrunity has its own facebook page, featuring the iconic |
Corbiere Lighthouse - presumably because it know St Brelade is the best Parish
Thankfully, the appearance of such sites is having a corresponding impact on the mainstream media to 'up their game'. What were once entirely print or broadcast mediums, are increasingly expanding into electronic realms, as they fight for webspace alongside increasingly popular local blogs. Similarly, the States is, at long last, having to address the issues of Governance in the 21st Century. It still needs to do more to engage and interact with a new generation of web-literate voters, but at least the realisation of this is emerging. Scrutiny have their own facebook page.
Here is a list of some of the very good local blogs that there are to choose from. If you get tired of the usual limited and blinkered views of the mainstream media, why not visit some of these, and get the news straight from the horses mouth. You can even save them to your favourites.
And all bloggers out there: why not copy and paste this post to your facebook status?
Sorry if I have missed anyone out!