A couple of weeks ago, a few of us sat down with Baltimore Sun Today Editor Andrew Ratner for about an hour-and-a-half. A Harford County resident himself, Ratner had been following The Dagger for some time and was interested in writing a story about us.
That story was published today in The Sun:
Local Web site The Dagger takes a fresh stab at journalism – Site hits the spot and hits a nerve with community it covers in Harford County
“The Dagger, a local news Web site, doesn’t do newspaper writing and reporting (or you could say newspapering) the way it is taught in journalism school. But it may be a glimpse into the way news will be covered in the future.”
The story continues with some interesting quotes from former Aberdeen Mayor Fred Simmons – “They also have people embedded in those places, and some of them write under other names;” Sen. Barry Glassman – “If you’re on the school board, I can see where you’d suddenly think The Dagger has got your number, but they’re as balanced as anything, at least on the reporting;” and School Board member Mark Wolkow – “I don’t think you have to go much further than the title of the [Web site] to figure out the intent.”
Ratner seems to gloss over The Dagger’s reach, “The Dagger’s following may be deep, but it’s not wide…,” but was able to include some amusing anecdotes in his story, including this gem:
“Simmons, who was known to raise some eyebrows as Aberdeen’s “gun-toting” mayor himself, said even he was taken aback by a photo on the site a year ago of Goodman bearing a shoulder-to-shoulder tattoo of “The Dagger” logo. “God help him,” he said, “if they ever change the name.”
Goodman said he did get his arms tattooed with daggers, inspired by the Web site. But he said he photoshopped the image of the logo across his back and posted it as a joke.
“Sorry to disappoint,” said Goodman, a self-described admirer of “gonzo journalist” Hunter Thompson, “but I’m not that crazy. Yet.”
Of course, here’s my favorite part:
“Goodman doesn’t know, or seem to care, where his Web creation will lead.”