politics | October 30, 2012

Reddit Politics: I'm Andrew Coyne, Ask Me Anything

"I am Andrew Coyne, Ask Me Anything," the National Post columnist declared to Reddit's online community.  The writer and political speaker recently participated in the social media site's popular AMA (Ask Me Anything) feature, where a live forum is held and anyone online can—quite literally—ask the participant anything. Over 300 comments have been posted in the thread to date and Coyne—in his traditional witty, balanced and outspoken manner—replied to nearly every single one. He answered questions on everything from the state of the newspaper business and its future, changes that need to be made to post-secondary education, tips for budding journalists, and, obviously, the current political landscape.

Many of the questions focused on Coyne's opinions on the media; a field that Coyne is no stranger to as he has written for almost every major news outlet in North America. He explained that content is still king—no matter what the medium—and that good writing will continue to support the newspaper business in the future. Make your work worthwhile, he said, and someone will want to read it. "Take the reader’s time seriously. They don’t owe you a thing, not even the two minutes it takes to read your piece," he writes in the thread. "Believe me, if you can get a small minority of readers to occasionally read your piece through to the end, you’ve achieved enough.”

Coyne has never been one to hold back from sharing an opinion. Both in this AMA and on his highly active Twitter account (where he has over 50,000 tweets), the journalist sparks national discussions about the issues that matter to this country and the world at large. The recipient of two National Newspaper Awards as well as the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism, his opinions are widely respected. His aptitude for public discourse transcends the print and digital realms, and his keynote speeches are equal parts passionate, articulate, and informative.

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