When Robin Lustig of BBC blogs, he often poses a question for his readers. From Haiti becoming a U.S. state, to Obama’s foreign policy performance rating. In fact, his most recent blog yesterday was only one sentence long, with the question of whether the $140 million proposed to win over Taliban fighters was a form of bribery.

Blogs like Lustig’s rely more on readers’ comments than on presenting the news the way traditional stories are presented.  He doesn’t write with leads. There is no set formula that he follows.  Sometimes his blogs are long and detailed. Sometimes they’re only a few sentences. With his shorter blogs, usually readers can get the facts elsewhere and share their opinions on an issue by commenting on the blog.

Lustig’s blog yesterday provided a link to the BBC news version, which was just facts with videos from the Afghanistan conference in London. Although it wasn’t as detailed as the CNN version, it was more organized and to the point.

No matter how a traditional news story is told, they try to be unbiased and present news without an opinion. Blogs like Lustig’s, however, do more than present the news, if they even present it at all. What Lustig does is dissect and analyze the news he reads elsewhere. Although both CNN or BBC’s news version of the London conference presented monetary values, neither made any implications of a bribery.

Lustig presented his opinion by bringing up the term and allowing the readers to comment. While he only had six comments, they were mostly long and thought-out comments, with at least one paragraph each, if not more. Lustig doesn’t need to worry about his readers not understanding what a one sentence post might imply. Because those who read and comment on news blogs are like Lustig: they read the news. Not only that but they analyze it. And they like to form opinions and share them.

News blogs are not so much about presenting the news but talking about it. Lustig’s blog is all about having a conversation. If not between himself and the readers, than between the readers themselves.

Unlike traditional news journalists, what Lustig isn’t afraid to do is offend the reader (to a certain extent). In his blog about grading Obama’s foreign policy performance, he asks the reader to give the president a grade, but he also sort of critiques Obama’s performance over the past year. I would think that many pro-Obama readers might get offended. But surprisingly, most of his readers agreed with Lustig and gave Obama low scores. If anything, they were only offended by each others’ comments.

Sometimes Lustig poses a questions and gets no comments. Sometimes he gets as many as 47. But getting no comments is also like feedback. It means his readers aren’t really interested in discussing about the terrorist nature of Guantanamo detainees.

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