The Atlantic Cities
is a new site launched
today by the Atlantic. It's about cities.
The Line Between Science and Journalism is Getting Blurry….Again
by Bora Zivkovic is an excellent, James Burke-ish, essay on science, journalism, and a hopeful future for science journalism. [more inside]
The Huffington Post just announced
that it is launching a new initiative to produce a wide range
of investigative journalism — The Huffington Post Investigative Fund. [more inside]
As Iraqis See It.
"About a year ago, McClatchy Newspapers
set up a blog exclusively for contributions from its Iraqi staff. 'Inside Iraq
,' it's called, and several times a week the Iraqi staff members post on it about their experiences and impressions. 'It's an opportunity for Iraqis to talk directly to an American audience,' says Leila Fadel, the current bureau chief. As such, the blog fills a major gap in the coverage." Previously discussed here
. [Via disinformation.]
Time magazine recently launched a new politics blog, Swampland
. The blog is, to this point, most interesting for its confrontations between the commenters and the bloggers. [m.i.]
Remember when folks were "up-in-arms" after learning that the Bush administration paid
prominent political commentator Armstrong Williams
$240,000 to promote 'No Child Left Behind' legislation? It turns out that a handful of liberal bloggers pulled in some decent cash
this past year from various political campaigns as consultants, while maintaining their "independent" blogs. Case in point: Jerome Armstrong
) made $115,000+ from Sherrod Brown (over 15 months) and $65,000 from Mark Warner (over 12 months). Turns out Armstrong admitted
this week that he has been writing on his blog under various aliases -- including 'Scott Shields.' 'Shields' received payments
from the Robert Menendez campaign.
Esposing Earmarks: networked journalism's first assignment
Today marks a key moment
in the evolution of the Web as a reporting medium. The first left
coalition of bloggers, activists, non-profits, citizens and journalists to investigate a story of national import: Congressional earmarks and those who sponsor and benefit from them. Join the hunt!
If you watch television news stations, you've probably already heard that the latest missing white girl has been found
. Naturally, the media is now obsessed with figuring out what led to the murder of the girl's parents. In the unending quest for information, TV news stations have shown
the myspace pages
of the two teens. And like many other teenagers, the two have xanga journals
as well. But several sources, both blogs
and mainstream news sites
, have publicized the location of these pages. Is this responsible journalism?
Previously on MeFi: Blogging from prison; diary of a killer?
Got a message to the receiver, hope for an answer someday
Watch real time responses to the bombing through a multitude of blogs. First link sorted by tube station.
"This report details the important considerations when exploring a collaborative effort between audience and traditional media organizations." A look at participatory journalism from the Media Center at the American Press Institute
The experiment has ended.
Roughly 8 months ago
, the Star Tribune
joined forces with blogger Twins Geek
. The hope: a productive union of traditional journalism and online weblogs. The verdict: an unholy marriage, apparently. And this was just a baseball blog.
10 most important ideas of 2004: blogs and the Internet
highlights some interesting views on the relationship of blogs to mainstream journalism. In light of the recent discussion relating to that topic
, it is interesting to see some new views emerge.
Web of Influence Every day, millions of online diarists, or “bloggers,” share their opinions with a global audience. Drawing upon the content of the international media and the World Wide Web, they weave together an elaborate network with agenda-setting power on issues ranging from human rights in China to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. What began as a hobby is evolving into a new medium that is changing the landscape for journalists and policymakers alike.
Hmm. Big Talk or should I get a clue & with the program ? Decisions, decisions....
Yackity yackity, choo CHOO!, Yackity yackity.....BLOGS!
Self proclaimed Blogoholic George Packer, at Mother Jones, shits on blogs everywhere, joins bemused chorus - FOX
, journalism grad students
, and so on - blathering on blogs. What are they? What do they mean? Quoth Packer : "Blog prose is written in headline form to imitate informal speech, with short emphatic sentences and frequent use of boldface and italics. The entries, sometimes updated hourly, are little spasms of assertion, usually too brief......All of this meta-comment by very bright young men who never leave their rooms is the latest, somewhat debased, manifestation of the old art of political pamphleteering.....if blogs are "a new way of doing politics," there is also something peculiarly stale and tired about them — not the form, but the content......So far this year, bloggers have been remarkably unadept at predicting events.... Above all, they didn't grasp the intensity of feeling among Democratic primary voters — the resentments still glowing hot from Florida 2000, the overwhelming interest in economic and domestic issues, the personal antipathy toward Bush, the resurgence of activism, the longing for a win. The blogosphere was often caught surprised by these passions and the electoral turns they caused."
Packer even gets paid for this, plus starring appearances on snooty public radio talk shows!
[ Kevin Drum makes an appearance ].....I can excrete lightly digested opinions with the best of them. Where do I apply ?
"These people always complain," said Graham Thorn, a psychiatrist, in a Chicago Tribune article about racial tensions in Australia.
"They want it both ways--their way and our way. They want to live in our society and be respected, yet they won't work. They steal, they rob and they get drunk. And they don't respect the laws." The problem isn't that Graham Thorn didn't say that; as blogger Tim Blair uncovered,
the problem is that Graham Thorn never existed.
BBC News reporters' weblog on the war is closed.
It was a great example of how the idea of weblog can be used in mainstream media. (Although it lacked hyper-links) In it's last instalment, reporters record some final impressions and look back at what it was like reporting the war. The daily archives are available on the right column of the page.
and Nick Denton
have some amateur infographics of the Iraq conflict online. [more inside]
With his own blog in place Tristan makes interesting observations on today's blogs.
He's definitely got a point when it comes to the variety of information on most blogs... sometimes it seems I can visit 20 blogs and see the exact same source articles over and over again. An interesting read from tnl.net, as always.
Washington salutes its new Blog Overlords
When Trent Lott finally fell from (g)race last friday, the ensuing MeFi thread
discussed how Lott's statements were at first a sleeper in the mainstream media but that the blogosphere forced the story onto the front pages. However, this theory was met with some scepticism
However, the theory of blog ascendancy has legs. In fact, the story is all over the place
With this level of discussion, right or wrong, Blogs just arguably went mainstream. (It might also be the end of our golden era of blogging.)
There are greater and lesser blogs. Its hard to tell which blog deserves the credit for toppling Lott. How will they determine the alpha blog? The winner could be the next "Drudge".
Reporters Find New Outlet, and Concerns, in Web Logs
according the Gray Old Lady today. I never read the blog by Steve Olafson, a.k.a. Banjo Jones, but it was shut down
at the request of his employer, the Houston Chronicle
. Today's NYT article confirms he was fired over it. Other journalists mentioned: Eric Alterman
, Dan Gillmor
, Mickey Kaus
, and Sheila Lennon (professional blog
| personal blog
Can the LA Times write a decent story about bloggers and blogging?
They certainly didn't in their latest piece. Plus they took an interesting angle of writing about bloggers, but ignoring every single LA-based blogger despite the fact that LA just might be home to the largest community of bloggers
on the planet.
But LA shouldn't feel shunned, the Times didnt mention the Instapundit, Ev, or Metafilter either.
At large in the blogosphere
And yet another analysis of the world of blogging. Does this one, by a decent literary and cultural critic, present blogs and blogging in a better light than many earlier ones? note: NY Times free reg reqd.
Rewriting history in real time.
Recent blogging epiphanies
and Borg Journalism
are creating an amazing system of information sharing. But this article raises some interesting questions about the flip side. If an entry is removed before anyone reads it, does it count? Or has the collective made it impossible for anything that's said to be retracted?
A print journalist admits her fear of blogs "What the blog threatens to do is dislodge the traditional news media's corner on the "scoop" market. With their unorthodox reporting strategies and lightning-fast publishing schedules, blogs are making it clear that you don't need to have some big, fancy newspaper job to break stories. In fact, you don't even need to write stories; you can just throw a couple of sentences up on your site with some telling links. And you can quote that naked boy in your bed who knows how to hack protocols. Whatever."
Amateur newsies top the pros
Blogs and other on-line sources are often doing a better job of getting news to us than professional organization, who are too often busy echoingUnite and Fight themes.
Liberals Now Target Media
Terry Anzur is not happy with reporting on the internet. She is unhappy that anybody with a website can be a reporter or a pundit.
Is "me-zine" the new 'blog?
Or is it just when traditional
journalists do it? And is this whole thing now "legit"? [via medianews]
Kottke.org, now with x10 ads.
Sad, but true. I don't like them, but I suppose if you need the money... Look in the source for confirmation:
var url = "http://ads.x10.com/bluefish/bf23.htm";
var domain = "kottke.org";
at least the girl in the camera ad is kinda cute.
This is the first time I ever heard of people being threatened for blogging.
Rule 59 of the IOC code states that an Olympic athlete is not permitted to record his thoughts of his Olympic experience and have it posted on the Internet.
Doing so would be tantamount to an athlete acting as a journalist. And that is grounds for being thrown out of the Games.
The Blogging Revolution @ webreview.com
Oy. No wonder no one respects web journalism. I could barely get past the first sentence. 1992? Funny, but the first visual browsers weren't released until 1993 and homepages didn't spring up like daisies till 94/95.
the age weblog
[via wetlog, of course]
it's pretty obvious she's reading MeFi [and memepool] -- but not linking to them.
The Corporatization of Weblogs Has Begun, it is decreed
The current Editor & Publisher
introduces blogging to its newspaper-editor audience and points out two blogs actually written by newspaper columnists. I do indeed agree that Weblogging is a viable new medium of expression for dead-tree media, and agree even more strongly that special-interest journalistic blogs are in desperate need. (I'm planning one myself, and wouldn't it be great to read dueling blogs on the same topic from rival newspapers?) I just worry that the column will have an illocutionary effect
, i.e., it will cause something to happen just by uttering words, rather like "I now pronounce you married." In this case the words I worry about are "The corporatization of Weblogs has begun." I can hear Rushkoff griping about the good old days already. And I'd gripe along with him.
I can't believe I've never heard of this site.
It's a weblog, but it highlights absurd and funny items from popular news sites. It's on my bookmark list now.