CC Times makes leap of blogging faith

... with something it should have done eons ago -- let their best staff writer, Eric Williams, cut loose in the blogosphere.

Williams began blogging yesterday from the Worthington murder trial and I have little doubt his postings will quickly become the most eagerly read in the paper's overall web presence.

If I'm not mistaken, this is the first time in more than two years that the Times has allowed a reporter to maintain a blog -- not since yours truly wrote one from January to August in 2004 before leaving the paper over its slanted Cape Wind coverage.

Mine wasn't the first blog at the Times -- that distinction goes to online editor Greg Bryant. Last spring, book editor Melanie Lauwers also started blogging. The paper added an assortment of teen bloggers over the last couple of years, though that number has since dwindled to one.

But as shown at the blogging corner of the paper's website, the Times is following the lead of capecodtoday in seeking out citizen bloggers to complement and round out the news coverage.

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