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September 20, 2004

Media Watch: Mike Magee--successful “stand alone journalist”

Mike Magee was in town recently, and it was good to catch up with this veteran British journalist. Mike runs the tech news site The Inquirer, and is also a co-founder and former editor of the pithy The Register, a very similar news site in look and feel.

But while The Register has a large staff, The Inquirer is put together by one person, Mike...

There is a gaggle of freelancers that he uses now and again when his budget allows, but most of the news stories are written by Mike, and he also does all the other jobs that publishing an online news site requires.

And The Inquirer is doing very well. But is Mike a blogger? He fits many of the criteria that are often used to describe a blogger. Chris Nolan, another veteran journalist (ChrisNolan.com), has been trying to establish the term “stand alone journalism” as a more accurate description of blogging. I like the term, and I would bet that Mike Magee is very likely one of the most successful “stand-alone journalists” in the world.

If The Inquirer were to be acquired, that would be a strong validation of the “stand alone journalist” concept. And the valuation of The Inquirer, in such a deal, would be very interesting. It would certainly help determine a market value for other “stand alone journalism” (and blogging) web sites.

Posted by foremski at September 20, 2004 02:01 AM


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