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]
What journalists who blog think “blogging” is.
Lizzie Skurnick (pseudonymous author of the literary blog the Old Hag
) almost got called up to the Show – the New York Times
actually asked her to write. But under their terms. And that’s the problem:
[T]he media who, after constantly treating me as an amusing quantity who, despite the zillions of print articles I have written, is still a blogger, while they, who are now blogging, because they crashed their whole goddamn field, are somehow not bloggers except for how maybe they are running blogs, want to tell me what to do.... You link wrong. You’re not funny.... You think posts are something you “pitch.” [...] You think other bloggers should respond to other bloggers, preferably in chin-stroking ways like “I appreciate your thoughts, Gwendolyn, yet I….” You want headlines maximized for SEO.... Worse, you seem to take blogging as some amusing shift you’ve been asked to do that is entirely within your powers. You are a fancy important journalist! You are an actual writer. OK, maybe you are. But you are sure as hell not a blogger any more than that dude with the novel in the drawer is a novelist.
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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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.]
[English site] is one of the leading voices of the Persian blogosphere. His blog
[Persian site] manages to reach a wide audience in Iran despite being officially censored. Currently, he is fulfilling his dream of visiting Israel
[Flickr pics] and breaking barriers in Israeli-Iranian relations
. Lisa Goldman, his host in Israel writes about his visit in her blog
, too. He is interviewed by the Israeli press in this Haaretz article
. He has written "Democracy's Double Standard", an NYT op-ed piece
]. from Tel Aviv, and delivered a lecture on "Reform, Youth and Technology" at the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University. Oh yeah, he's also a MeFite
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?
In the Hot Zone
Yahoo! have hired journalist Kevin Sites
(previously discussed here
) to 'cover every armed conflict in the world within one year... to provide a clear idea of the combatants, victims, causes, and costs of each of these struggles - and their global impact'. The NYT
(reg required) quotes Lloyd Braun, Head of Yahoo! Media Group, saying that he hopes they can combat the "growing public distrust of network news... [with] a transparency I think the Internet user wants and the news audience is craving".
Sails to harness Vox Populi winds
: "Technology is changing politics"
[ not to mention journalism ] intones the well
connected Personal Democracy Forum
, and everybody's leaping into the "Blogging vs. Journalism"
fray. Dan Gillmor
, author of We the Media
, has quit his job after receiving seed money from Mitch Kapor and from Omidyar Networks
, to found the for-profit "Grassroots Media Inc." : Gillmor's got a hand, as well, in the noble and name studded OurMedia.org
: "We'll host your media forever — for free.....Video blogs, photo albums, home movies, podcasting, digital art, documentary journalism, home-brew political ads"
Meanwhile, SusanG - in her most recent recently released investigative piece
into the Jeff Gannon/fake journalism scandal notes her research group's effort "now encompasses so much more than Gannon" and announces future stories will post under the organizational name of ePluribus Media "We're the People ! No you're not, we're the People ! No way ! We're the...."
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....
A short goodby.
A memo received by a blogger/journalist. Is this in any way typical? Can we find out who or what it concerns?
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?
Are bloggers the heir apparent of the independent weekly?
Welch: For all the history made by newspapers between 1960 and 2000, the profession was also busy contracting, standardizing, and homogenizing. Most cities now have their monopolist daily, their alt weekly or two, their business journal. Journalism is done a certain way, by a certain kind of people. Bloggers are basically oblivious to such traditions, so reading the best of them is like receiving a bracing slap in the face. It's a reminder that America is far more diverse and iconoclastic than its newsrooms.
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.
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?
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.
End of an (albeit brief) era
Caroline Casey, of the The Age
, one of Australia's finest newspapers, proclaims:
Friday, 29 June
5.16pm: THE BLOG IS DEAD!
I was trying to think of the best way to depart – an appearance on ghost sites? a web-generated apology note? But I decided a listing of my favorite websites was best. ... Thanks for the hundreds of entertaining submissions I have received over the year.
That's it, no explanation. I guess the weblog is a dead concept, for sure now. (More
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.