Alaa Abd El-Fattah
) is among the many Egyptian activists, organizers, and bloggers
being held under the military government's law against protests
. The EFF's Bloggers Under Fire section
highlights bloggers detained for their online speech and provides advice for bloggers at risk
Restoring Journalism Maureen Tkacik talks about her life as a journalist, the nothing-based economy, and the future of journalism. She suggests abandoning authority and productively channeling narcissism.
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"is a blog that examines topics in Asia through the perspectives of interesting people interviewed by a group of bloggers in Mainland China, Vietnam, Taiwan, and more." Meet Gao Qingrong and family
, who along with seven other households are part of an organic farm co-op in Anlong Village, Sichuan
. Or there's the tale of how one of the bloggers met Jun Jun, a male prostitute in Beijing
; an encounter with Silang Laji, a road maintenance worker in Kham
, a Tibetan region of China; and Gege, an enterprising journalist in Chengdu
How To Save Media
Jason Ponti from Technology Review offers some suggestions as to how traditional print publishers might save themselves from becoming irrelevant.
The Daily Beast
is the latest venture from Tina Brown
. (mis)Named after the newspaper in Evelyn Waugh's
(awesome) novel Scoop, the site is a mixture of original journalism and curated links from around the web, and of middle and low brow. Already it's attracted attention for both a (previously spiked) feature on Jennifer Lopez
and for its logo, which some allege is remarkably familar
. Reviews have been so so
, but its stated aim to "sift
, and curate
" finally allows us to get the best of the web...
…if you are the single newspaper in San Francisco or Kansas City or St. Louis, you are just highly constrained about how rigorous you can be in the accuracy of your reporting. Because the whole model is: You are appealing to everybody. Because the whole model is: You are appealing to everybody. … That's why the existence of an independent media sector is so important.
Talking Points Memo
is one of the more notable successes in independent journalism and using blogs as a format for journalism. It has broken at least a couple of stories that got picked up by the mainstream press: The Duke Cunningham
bribery scandal, and the U.S. Attorneys firing scandal
. It's grown from being a one-man shop in 2000
to a staff of ten today.
Josh Marshall talks about how it came to be
Journalist Leroy Sievers
has lost his fight with cancer. He passed away Friday night. He was 53. His blog, My Cancer,
and his commentaries on NPR
, documented the progression of his disease while creating a community of those touched by cancer themselves.
Gaming journalism at its silliest.
What do you get when you have the designer of Grim Fandango and Psychonauts Tim Schaefer play a game that you make up on the spot? Text based adventure hilarity. More of the same feature here.
In the same spirit as the Open Net Initiative
and Committee to Protect Bloggers
that both track global internet filtering, Sami
ben Gharbia's Access Denied Map
tries to track the blocking of sites like Blogger, Flickr, YouTube and others by governments, as well as efforts by activists to keep them accessible or to challenge their blockage.
is a fascinating ongoing commentary on society and governance in postmodernity. He's currently on about the pwning of Richard Dawkins
, after writing about Mediocracy
and Official Journalism
. It might be best to first read his earlier posts in which he defines the self-invented terminology he's fond of using, like: Formalism
, The Iron Polygon
, and The Rotary System
. [more inside]
The Homicide Report, by Jill Leovy:
An L.A. Times
blog built on the list of homicide victims reported to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office each week.
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.]
Washington Post columnist/blogger Dan Froomkin writes the "White House Briefing,
" an online "daily anthology of works by other journalists and bloggers," which is often critical of the administration. This past Sunday, the new Post ombudsman wrote
that the paper's White House correspondents worried that Froomkin's column creates an appearance of bias at the Post. Froomkin responsed
, and hundreds of commentors offered their support. Then Post national politics editor John Harris weighed in
, to somewhat less acclaim from commentors. Harris expanded on his views in this interview
. The whole affair raises issues about allegations of a subservient, stenographic press
, how the media deals with charges of liberal bias
, the perceived vindictiveness
of the Bush administration, and the relationship between in-house bloggers and the traditional media
Reporters Without Borders
releases a free handbook
for would-be bloggers and cyber-dissidents in censor-happy lands. It features tips on blogging anonymously, ways to get around censorship and to ensure your e-mail privacy, and hosts an Internet-censor World Championship list (which lists China, Vietnam, and Tunisia, among others) as well. Download the guide here
Blog to work? Blogging and journalism.
How do weblog posts fit in with the traditional journalistic procedures of subbing and editing?
Can newspaper weblogs ever really be part of the blogging community?
Should journalists be allowed to maintain personal weblogs?
is giving a talk on BlogTalk 2.0
in Vienna today. This is v1.1 (sic!) of the Program.
Summaries and rough notes from the Monday afternoon sessions at Blogtalk can be found here
Today's topics: After midnight. Weblogs and jam sessions
talking about blogging suck?
a photo journalist blogs on the conditions in Haiti. No photos yet.
The place is awash with drug money, probably on both sides - Philippe is the former police chief of a town where i've heard reports of people walking down the streets with suitcases full of money, probably not sourced from shaking down shoe cleaners. The chimeres that searched us on the way down from Saint Marc a few days ago were clearly high on some upper, i'd guess coke, amphetamines or both, or maybe crack.
Iranian blogger arrested
Sina Motallebi, well-known blogger and journalist was arrested this morning. He is accused of threatening the national security by giving interviews to Persian language radios outside Iran, wrtiting articles both in newspapers and his weblog. His weblog, WebGard (i.e. web surfer), was among the top 5 Persian most popular weblogs while his wife, Farnaz, has her own weblog, mostly writing about their newly-born baby boy, Mani. [via jj
In the Papers,
New York 1's, pre-blog video blog, the best thing on television, is now available on-line. I am going to cancel my cable this weekend!
""I think this is one of many weird phenomena that contributes to a national attention deficit disorder."The crawl -- that stream of info-morsels and promotional hooks that seemed so urgent right after Sept. 11, but now seems so annoying and distracting -- seems to carry Gitlin's point with it as it creeps across the screen."
Is this a real problem, or is it just the old guys not hip to the kids' video world? (via i want media
Seventh seal opened, nytimes.com has a web log
Or is it...? This list of links in a section entitled "According to the Times" is a "Web-only feature highlighting facts and figures culled from the week's news. It appears every Wednesday." It seems to be a scanner of news stories by the NYT, not offsite. I used to think they were cool, but this dogged resistence to trends is making them seem aloof, no? (well, more so than usual...)
I miss CC...
Is "me-zine" the new 'blog?
Or is it just when traditional
journalists do it? And is this whole thing now "legit"? [via medianews]
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.