Monday, December 26, 2005
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter
Perhaps it's just me—but news seems to be coming our way faster and with a greater fury than ever before. A tsunami of "Breaking News" bulletins courses through the veins and ganglia of what passes for an information system. A corporate news system pumps it on more platforms dedicated to "more news in less time" on the web, on TV, on the radio, and now on the phone. It's hard to escape the deluge.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Published: December 11, 2005
AMANDA CONGDON is a big star on really small screens - like the 4�- inch window she appears in on computer monitors every weekday morning or the 2� inches she has to work with on the new video iPod. Ms. Congdon, you see, is the anchor of a daily, three-minute, mock TV news report shot on a camcorder, edited on a laptop and posted on a blog called Rocketboom, which now reaches more than 100,000 fans a day."
Friday, December 02, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
For those who love newspapers -- to read them, write them and rail at
them - these are somber times. ... Newspapers are one of the glories
of modern Western civilization. They have, on the whole, probably
never been better written, edited and produced than they are today.
But their future is in doubt. So, is this the twilight of printed
news? Should the scribes of instant history be hunting-and-pecking
their industry's obituary? The answer is probably no. "I've never been
a believer that print will die," said technology writer and blogger
Edward Cone of North Carolina. "I think print has a lot of advantages.
It's a useful form. It's profitable, it's disposable, and you can roll
it up and hit the dog with it." But the nation's daily newspapers are
certainly changing fast, and to understand their future it may be
useful to glance at their past. ... Morning readers tended to prefer
their news straight-faced and serious. Afternoon readers were
different. They wanted to be entertained rather than educated,
preferring news of crime, sports and local politics, spiced with
strong opinions. The afternoon papers ran many editions, updating
stories throughout the day, getting the stock market closings and the
racetrack results in the final edition. Journalism in the afternoon
flourished until after World War II, when it was weakened by changes
in demographics, technology and the American economy. ... Now the
Internet has given newspapers the chance to compete again in the
breaking-news business. For once, the written word has an advantage
over television and radio. Most office workers would find it awkward,
to say the least, to sit around watching television or listening to
the radio. But they can read. And many with access to the Web check
the news there periodically all day. ... Web editors say readers look
for stories about crime and politics, about local neighborhoods and
communities, local sports and entertainment. In other words, they're
hunting for the kind of news once found in evening papers, exactly at
the times of day that once were the edition deadlines of those papers.
In fact, newspaper Web sites increasingly have come to resemble their
vanished afternoon brethren, albeit in electronic form and loaded with
bells, whistles, blogs and podcasts.
Source: Douglas Birch, The Baltimore Sun
Study: Media focus on white, wealthy in missing-children cases
For a missing child to attract widespread publicity and improve the
odds of being found, it helps if the child is white, wealthy, cute and
under 12. Experts agree that whites account for only half of the
nation's missing children. But white children were the subjects of
more than two-thirds of the dispatches appearing on the Associated
Press' national wire during the last five years and for three-quarters
of missing-children coverage on CNN, according to a first-of-its-kind
study by Scripps Howard News Service. "I don't think this results from
conscious or subconscious racism," said Ernie Allen, president of the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "But there's no
question that if a case resonates, if it touches the heartstrings, if
it makes people think 'that could be my child,' then it's likely to
pass the test to be considered newsworthy. Does that skew in favor of
white kids? Yes, it probably does." That race and class affect news
coverage is a fact that's not lost on the families of missing minority
children. "But the thing about it, the ghetto mamas love their babies
just like the rich people do. And they need to recognize that," Mattie
Mitchell said of news executives. Mitchell is the great-grandmother of
missing 4-year-old Jaquilla Scales. Jaquilla, who is black and has
never been found, drew only slight national coverage in 2001 when she
was snatched from her bedroom in Wichita, Kan. But the bedroom
kidnappings of Danielle van Dam, Polly Klaas, Jessica Lundsford and
Elizabeth Smart, all white girls, erupted in a barrage of publicity.
Source: Thomas Hargrove and Ansley Haman, Scripps Howard News Service
via The Island Packet
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Melissa Paredes, a 16-year-old in Lompoc, Calif., maintains a Web site where she posts her own poetry and pictures and shares music. So when she was mourning her stepfather, David Grabowski, earlier this year,
she reflexively channeled her grief into a multimedia tribute. Using images she collected and scanned from photo albums, she created an online slide show, taking visitors on a virtual tour of Grabowski's life -- as a toddler, as a young man, at work. A collage of the photographs, titled "David Bruce Grabowski, 1966-2005," closes the memorial. "It helped me a lot," Melissa said in an instant message, the standard method of communication among millions of American
teenagers who, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, are fast becoming some of the most nimble and prolific creators of digital content online. For all of its poignant catharsis, Melissa's digital eulogy is also a story of the modern teenager. Using the cheap digital tools that now help chronicle the comings and goings of everyday life -- cell phone cameras, iPods,
laptops and user-friendly Web editing software -- teenagers like Melissa are pushing content onto the Internet as naturally as they view it. "At the market level, this means old business models are in upheaval," said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew project. "At the legal level, this means the definition of property is up for grabs. And at the social level, it means that millions of those inspired to create
have a big new platform with which they shape our culture.
Source: Tom Zeller Jr., The New York Times via CNET news.com
Editors and publishers at some of the newspapers hardest hit by
Monday's FAS-FAX reports say steps need to be taken to maintain
current readers while attracting new ones. But to many, the
circulation declines announced today by the Audit Bureau of
Circulations came as no surprise, given the overall industry trend.
But most say the circulation measurements are incomplete because they
still do not take into account growing Web site activity. Others also
said they had lost circulation deliberately by ending or reducing
discounted programs as their value becomes diminished in the ABC
measurements. "Circulation will continue to drop until there will be a
plateauing, then I expect a rapid decline," said Tom Fiedler,
executive editor of The Miami Herald, noting that he does not expect
circulation to increase during his lifetime, which means newspapers
must focus on the Web as a genuine delivery system. "Newspapers will
become supplemental reading for a very elite audience," he added, and
the online edition "will be where the popular press lives." "We are
well aware of it, that newspapers continue to struggle to reach their
audience," said Anne Gordon, managing editor of The Philadelphia
Inquirer, which suffered an 11,000-copy drop in daily circulation, and
about 30,000 on Sunday. "It's not a surprise." Still, Gordon was among
several who pointed to increasing Web activity as a factor that the
current FAS-FAX measurements do not address. "The Philadelphia
Inquirer has more readers than it has ever had if you factor in the
Web. We have well over one million readers." At the Herald -- which
has experienced a 4.3-percent drop in weekday print circulation since
September 2004 -- Fiedler says he sees a similar corresponding shift
online, where Herald.com has seen an "accelerated increase" of about
30 percent per year: "We are seeing that our readership is not
declining if you include online -- it is actually growing. Source: Joe
Strupp, Editor & Publisher
Monday, November 07, 2005
The Fourth Estate is braced to get more bad news about itself next
week. On Monday, the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases its
semiannual figures on circulation -- and they are expected to show
that paying readers continue to disappear at an alarming rate during
the latest six-month period. Challenged by online rivals, a dearth of
younger readers and an advertising downturn, newspapers are suffering
through their worst slump in years. The last ABC figures, which were
released in May, were the worst for the industry in nine years,
showing that average daily circulation had dropped 1.9 percent in the
six months ended March 31 from a year ago. Indications from the
biggest newspaper publishers show many expect similar plunges for the
six months ended in September. Gannett Co., the nation's No. 1
publisher with about 100 papers, says its daily circulation through
Sept. 25, including its publications in the United Kingdom, was down
2.5 percent over year-ago levels. At No. 2 Knight Ridder Inc. -- whose
largest shareholder has called for the sale of the company -- the
daily drop was 2.9 percent. Tribune Co., publisher of the Chicago
Tribune and Los Angeles Times, among others, says its circulation as
reported to ABC will be down around 4 percent. That estimate excludes
figures for Newsday, of Long Island, N.Y., which has been censured by
the ABC following a scandal in which it -- along with several other
newspapers -- admitted artificially boosting circulation results. By
mutual agreement, its circulation won't be released on Nov. 7. Not all
chains are expected to report such big drops. Sacramento-based
McClatchy Co. says daily circulation was down 0.7 percent as of
September, to just under 1.4 million copies. But it also expects
circulation for the full year to fall around 1 percent -- ending 20
consecutive years of circulation growth. The Wall Street Journal,
published by Dow Jones & Co., expects circulation to be up slightly,
because of increases in online readership. ABC in recent years has
allowed the inclusion of certain online readers in circulation
Source: Joseph T. Hallinan, The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
November 4, 2005 2:34 PM PST
Craig Newmark wants to shake up mass media, much the way his online classifieds site Craigslist.org has rocked the world of the newspaper business by siphoning off their advertising dollars.
Newmark said he'd like to see and support the same type of disruptive technology for the mainstream media--broadcasters and print publishers. In an interview with GradetheNews.org, Newmark said that the mainstream media isn't trustworthy, nor accountable to the public any longer. And he suggests that emerging community journalists on the Internet should counterbalance the short-sightedness of publishers that kow-tow to big business or powerful political interest groups."
Monday, October 24, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
US soldiers in Afghanistan burnt the bodies of dead Taliban and
taunted their opponents about the corpses, in an act deeply offensive
to Muslims and in breach of the Geneva conventions.
An investigation by SBS's Dateline program, to be aired tonight,
filmed the burning of the bodies.
It also filmed a US Army psychological operations unit broadcasting a
message boasting of the burnt corpses into a village believed to be
According to an SBS translation of the message, delivered in the local
language, the soldiers accused Taliban fighters near Kandahar of being
"cowardly dogs". "You allowed your fighters to be laid down facing
west and burnt. You are too scared to retrieve their bodies. This just
proves you are the lady boys we always believed you to be," the
message reportedly said.
"You attack and run away like women. You call yourself Taliban but you
are a disgrace to the Muslim religion, and you bring shame upon your
family. Come and fight like men instead of the cowardly dogs you are."
[PsyOp calls Taliban "girly men". -d.c. ]
Saturday, October 15, 2005
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Knight Ridder
(NYSE: KRI) today announced the acquisition of Silicon Valley
Community Newspapers, which publishes eight weekly free-distribution
newspapers in the South Bay area surrounding San Jose. The eight are:
Los Gatos Weekly-Times, Saratoga News, Cupertino Courier, Sunnyvale
Sun, Campbell Reporter, Willow Glen Resident, Rose Garden Resident and
Almaden Resident. The group also includes the San Jose City Times, a
legal newspaper, and a glossy publication called Image.
The newspapers, which together comprise the assets of Silicon Valley
Community Newspapers, are weekly publications with a combined
circulation of more than 157,000. Terms of the transaction were not
Knight Ridder Senior Vice President Hilary Schneider said, "We believe
strongly in the importance of community journalism, which we know is
highly valued by readers. This group of tightly zoned weeklies will
help us extend our coverage of micro-communities in the Bay Area. They
serve a series of neighborhoods that are also highly desirable to
Greg Goff, Knight Ridder general manager/targeted publications, said,
These weeklies have been serving readers for 20 years. They provide
saturation coverage of their respective areas in the South Bay and are
a good fit with our Palo Alto Daily News Group of free dailies, which
are located primarily in the Peninsula. We're very pleased to be
adding them to our company.
David Cohen, currently publisher and CEO of the group, manages and
operates the publications and will continue to do so for Knight
Ridder. He will report to Goff. The plan is to maintain the operations
as they are now configured, Goff said.
Cohen said, "This was an easy decision, because I know that Knight
Ridder is committed to continuing our high quality, fiercely local
coverage. With the resources of Knight Ridder, we will be able to
fulfill our vision of bringing our brand of community journalism to a
The oldest of the papers dates back more than 120 years. The weeklies
provide coverage of local schools, youth sports, local government,
business, law enforcement, features, opinions and community profiles.
Knight Ridder is one of the nation's leading providers of news,
information and advertising, in print and online. The company
publishes 32 daily newspapers in 29 U.S. markets, with a readership of
8.5 million daily and 11.0 million Sunday. It has Web sites in all of
its markets and a variety of investments in Internet and technology
companies. It publishes a growing portfolio of targeted publications
and maintains investments in two newsprint companies. The company's
Internet operation, Knight Ridder Digital, develops and manages the
company's online properties. It is the founder and operator of Real
Cities (http://www.RealCities.com), the largest national network of
city and regional Web sites in more than 110 U.S. markets. Knight
Ridder and Knight Ridder Digital are headquartered in San Jose, Calif.
SOURCE Knight Ridder Web Site: http://www.knightridder.com
Friday, October 14, 2005
Ideally, the free daily tabloids that are popping up in the Bay Area
and elsewhere like mushrooms after a rain would complement rather than
substitute for relatively high-quality paid newspapers like the San
Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News. Commuters and shoppers
would pick up the free daily tabs to learn what the city council was
up to, and still subscribe to a broadsheet for regional and world
news. Young people would enjoy the brevity of the free papers, then
graduate" to more substantive broadsheets. People who won't pay to
read would still be informed. Print journalism would flourish,
providing new entry-level jobs at the free tabs -- without diminishing
the workforce of broadsheet journalists who have deep knowledge of the
community. That was the hope. The reality appears to be shaping up
differently. While the free papers have delivered on their promise to
increase awareness of hometown issues ignored by the metro press and
local TV newscasts, they also are replacing the paid dailies in some
people's lives. The result so far has been the spread of an
abbreviated, underfinanced "news lite," adding to the woes of paid
papers that have supplied the in-depth, public-service reporting that
Americans have come to expect from print.
Source: Michael Stoll, Grade the News
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
A self-archived copy of presentation is available at [
http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/TICER2005.ppt ] The
presentation reviews the general nature and structure of select wikis,
the features and functions of popular wiki software engines, and
describes the content and use of wikis by select businesses, colleges
and universities, and libraries.The presentation also speculated about
the wiki as an environment, framework, and venue for Disruptive
Scholarship, my proposed model for alternative scholarly authorship,
review, and publishing [
Under Yahoo!'s new approach, a keyword search for online news will include a list of relevant web logs, or 'blogs,' displayed in a box to the right of the results collected from mainstream journalism."
Friday, October 07, 2005
Traditional media experiment with citizens as news producers MSNBC
invited viewers to share photos of their interactions with the late
Pope John Paul II, while The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash.,
anointed eight readers with the power to publicly criticize the
newspaper's coverage on its very Web site. Newspapers in Greensboro,
N.C., and Boulder, Colo., are even letting citizens write their own
news stories -- on weddings, awards, even a missing cat named Banjo.
Most go on the Web, but the best of the "hyper-local" news stories get
printed. Traditional news organizations are dipping their toes in
citizen journalism, engaging readers and viewers in news production
with the help of the Internet, camera phones and other technologies.
Yet there's frustrations in some circles that so-called mainstream
media aren't going far and fast enough. Source: Anick Jesdanun, The
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Media execs ponder the role of citizen journalism The avalanche of
high-quality video, photos and e-mailed news material from citizens
following the July 7 bombings in London marked a turning point for the
British Broadcasting Corporation, the head of its global news division
said Wednesday. Richard Sambrook, director of the BBC World Service
and Global News Division, told a conference the broadcaster's
prominent use of video and other material contributed by ordinary
citizens signaled that the BBC was evolving from being a broadcaster
to a facilitator of news. "We don't own the news any more," Sambrook
said. "This is a fundamental realignment of the relationship between
large media companies and the public." Sambrook likened the increasing
use of user-generated news material to a sports game in which the
crowd was not only invading the field but also seeking to participate
in the game, fundamentally changing the sport.
Sambrook was speaking on a panel with other media professionals at a
conference on "citizen journalism" organized by The Media Center, a
media think tank based in Reston, Va., and hosted by The Associated
Press at its headquarters building in New York.
Source: Seth Sutel, The Associated Press via Breitbart.com
Monday, September 26, 2005
ONLINE MEDIA- Blogs, webzines and the money question At the core of
much of the great innovation on the Web in recent years is the
independent publisher: the blogger meticulously tagging her content
and tweaking her RSS code into the wee hours of the night, or the
photo junkie figuring out new ways to post and share his shots of
street art across the country in real-time. And independent publishing
online is only growing. According to a Pew Internet study, a new
weblog is created every 7.4 seconds, yielding an average of 12,000
blogs per day. But what about webzines? This weekend in San Francisco,
many webzine and online publishing innovators will meet at Webzine
2005 -- "a real world, face-to-face celebration of independent
publishing on the Internet." The conference is relaunching after a
four-year hiatus and will feature panels on such topics as "Levelling
the Playing Field: Journalism Online" and "Podcasting: The
Democratization of Broadcast?" We spoke to conference organizer Eddie
Codel about blogs versus webzines, the "vlogosphere", and making -- or
not making -- money off independent publishing.
Source: Jami Attenberg, Publish
NEWSPAPERS Post owner: Newspapers must embrace new media to survive
Newspapers will continue to lose circulation and advertising, but
companies that embrace technological change will thrive, Denver Post
publisher William Dean Singleton told a group of newspaper executives
Wednesday. Readers are flocking to Internet offerings such as the
Denver Newspaper Agency's YourHub.com, which is a marriage of Internet
and print products filled primarily with reader-submitted content,
Singleton said at a Suburban Newspapers of America conference at the
Brown Palace Hotel. "The sooner we start acting like a technology
industry, the sooner we are not a has-been. We are a will-be," he
said. The DNA, which was formed through a joint operating agreement
between The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, designed
YourHub.com to compete with suburban newspapers. Metro Denver is
broken into 40 local websites at YourHub.com so readers can access
content provided by their neighbors. Suburban weeklies are in smaller
communities and have a close relationship with readers and
advertisers, so they are better positioned than large newspapers to
take advantage of changes in the way people get information, Singleton
Source: Tom McGhee, The Denver Post
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
In Defense of Citizen Journalism
By Sean Gallagher
September 23, 2005
Opinion: Citizen journalists keep us so-called professionals on our
toes and get subjects into play that might otherwise never see the
light of day. I have to admit, as a professional journalist who blogs
both professionally and personally, I'm getting really tired of
journalists who spend their column inches, air time or page
impressions bashing "citizen journalism" and weblogs. It reminds me of
the way my teenager tries to rest away the game controller from his
'tweener brother, yelling, "Give me that, you're not doing it right!"
I usually find myself somewhat aligned in opinion with my colleague,
David Coursey. But yesterday, Coursey railed about the excesses of
citizen journalism. "One of the tenets of 'real' journalism is that
you don't distribute information that hasn't been checked," he said.
"Citizen publishers are under no such obligation, so the information
that winds up in blogs and distributed on mailing lists must always be
even if sent with the best of intentions." I feel compelled to
respond. To say that information from any source on the Internet is to
be treated skeptically is like saying that pit bulls might bite. It's
been pretty well established that anyone with a computer can, and
will, create a Web site, post to Usenet or a discussion board, or
otherwise pollute the Web and other streams of information with
hearsay and libel (that's why my first weblog
was subtitled, "Lowering the average quality of Web content daily").
Whatever happened to Webzines? http://www.publish.com/article2/0,1895,1862507,00.asp Information is only as good as its source, and the people using that information have to make a decision for themselves about whether they trust it, and whether to seek corroboration elsewhere before acting on it. Coursey posits that the lack of any sort of editorial controlling entity in
citizen journalism is bad because it allows unconfirmed information to fly into our collective consciousness without any filters or fact-checks or assured means of correction. To support this assertion, he points to a post to David Farber's "Interesting People" (IP) mailing list, suggesting that there may have been censorship of an interview of Katrina survivors by NPR. The list, moderated by Farber
(a distinguished professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University), also published responses by NPR, by the show that the interview was on (Ira Glass' "This American Life"), and readers of the list. As Blogging Grows,
Companies Eye Legal Pitfalls. Click here to read more. Coursey says
that the problem here was that an errant post was made in the first
place; that the responses and corrections made by others will never
carry the weight of the original post, and that the bad information
will spread further. Thing is, this is a problem with all media, be it
print, broadcast or Internet. There have been enough recent examples
of errant reporting in the absence of fact just out of the disaster in
New Orleans to demonstrate that bad news travels faster than good,
even if it isn't true. Where are all the corrections in the press
about the horror stories that proved not to be true?
But it's even worse than it appears. In the example cited by Coursey,
Farber's list did correct the story, and each correction got the same
weight as the original story itself. Contrast that to corrections in
the established media: they get buried at the bottom of an inside page
in small type, or added as a footnote at the end of a broadcast, and
are as a result largely ignored. It's very rare that something on the
scale of what happened
to Dan Rather and his producers over those faked letters about George
Bush's military record happens as the result of misinformed reporting.
Dave Winer, love him or hate him, has often contended that the blog
is, by its nature, self-editing. The feedback loop of the "two-way
web" means that when errors are found, they get called-and the
corrections often end up grabbing more Google PageRank than the
original mistakes. Trackbacks and comments, as much as they've been
abused by spam, help in that purpose. Yahoo Hires Blog Journalist to
Cover War Zones. Click here to read more. (Unfortunately, due to the
volume of spam in trackbacks and comments these days, I've been forced
to turn those features off on this blog for now. Feel
free to e-mail me.) And there are plusses to having that fire hose of
unfiltered content. Let's look at Hurricane Kartrina, where a
LiveJournal blog from a data center staffer in New Orleans provided a
running report, and live video, of the unfolding situation there-when
most of the established media infrastructure couldn't. Or look at
Iraq, where Salam Pax blogged a first-hand, Iraqi's-eye-view account
before, during and immediately after the U.S. invasion. Other bloggers
there, both Iraqi and American, have continued to tell stories you
won't find anywhere else. In each case, the Internet provided
something that traditional media couldn't-a direct, personal view of
events unfolding from people on the scene. And others are covering
topics that just don't get the attention they should because of the
simple bandwidth limitations of traditional media. For example, I've
found out more about local events in my hometown, Baltimore, from the
fleet of newsgathering mosquitoes in the Blogtimore community than
I've ever gotten from the Baltimore Sun. I get more mileage
from the aggregated opinions of Blogcritics than I do from the New
York Times Book Review. And in the tech space, let's face it: Without
someone like Pamela Jones covering the heck out of the legal battles
around open source, folks like my colleague Steven Vaughan-Nichols
would have a lot less to work with. It's not that I don't use those
established sources of media; they have their purpose. But there's
stuff on the fringes that just doesn't get picked up by them because,
well, they just don't have the reporters, the budget, the space or the
advertisers to justify them doing so. So, let a thousand flowers of
thought contend. Citizen journalists keep us so-called professionals
on our toes, and get subjects into play that might otherwise never see
the light of day. Just remember: Pit bulls sometimes bite. Sean
Gallagher is senior editor of Ziff Davis Internet's vertical
enterprise sites. Sean came to Ziff Davis Media from Fawcette
Technical Publications, where he was editorial director of the
company's enterprise software development titles. Prior to that, he
was managing editor of CMP's InformationWeek Labs. A former naval
officer, a one-time systems integrator and a graduate of the
University of Wisconsin, Gallagher lives and works in Baltimore. He
can be reached at email@example.com. [Source:
http://www.publish.com/article2/0,1895,1862903,00.asp Last accessed,
24 September, 2005.] [Paragraph spacing removed - tp.]
Friday, September 23, 2005
'Black Tuesday' Continues: NYTCo. to Shed 500 Jobs, Philly Papers 100
In two separate announcements only hours apart, the New York Times
Company and the Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., confirmed what many
already know: the newspaper industry is facing tough times. PNI, which
owns the Inquirer and the Daily News, struck first, announcing it
would cut up to 75 jobs at the Inquirer and another 25 at the Daily
News, mainly through buyouts. The NYTCo. later said its cuts would
affect all of its properties.
[What does the down turn in newspapers mean to BLOGS and civic
journalism? What will these newspaper workers do now that they no
longer work for a big paper? Give this some thought. -tp]
Thursday, September 22, 2005
By David Coursey September 22, 2005 - Opinion: Lack of editorial oversight opens door for unfounded allegations that damage credibility, harm reputations and waste time. I am not a big fan of the "citizen journalism" being practiced on the Internet these days. One of the tenets of "real" journalism is that you don't distribute information that hasn't been checked. Citizen publishers are under no such obligation, so the information that winds up in blogs and distributed on mailing lists must always be considered suspect, even if sent with the best of intentions.
[NOTE: Citizen journalists are subject to the same obligations imposed by libel law as are "real" journalists. -tp.]
'U.S. News & World Report' to shift focus to the Web
'U.S. News & World Report' announced a major strategic shift away from
print newsgathering to build its Web business. The move comes as major
newsweeklies -- like newspapers -- face the continuing struggle for
relevancy as a growing number of readers are comfortable with getting
their news online and elsewhere. "There's no point as a news magazine
to try to compete with that," says 'U.S. News' president Bill Holiber.
"Rather than to try and chase everything down every week, we're going
to be more selective." As part of the shift, the magazine is
consolidating its print and online sales and marketing staffs into
one, though it is unclear how many of the company's 300-plus staffers
will be affected. Holiber says that there are no current plans to
reduce frequency, and that the magazine added two additional issues
this year. He says the investment in online will cost "several
million" dollars initially.
Source: Dylan Stableford, Folio Magazine
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Editorials: Civic journalism plus . .
Civic journalism is basically pro viding people with "news and
information they need in order for them to behave as citizens,
decision makers in a democratic society."
Civic journalism has to do mainly with content of the newspaper and
how it can make readers act as citizens aware of their rights and
Content of news and information must convince the reader his duty
carries as much weight as his right to help shape public policy and
Without brandishing the label and in a more modest scale, Sun.Star
Cebu has been practicing civic journalism.
The paper has focused on jobs and the economy, peace and order,
orderly transfer of power, public funds, public education, official
conduct, plight of women and children, environment issues especially
air and water, urban blight, and neglect of the countryside. These are
major concerns of the community.
Civic journalism, we are told, starts with learning what is the
community's agenda and continues by pursuing that agenda.
We believe Sun.Star is on that track.
Sun.Star stories and commentaries on vigilante or vigilante-style
killings stab at the core of the peace and order issue. Cebu City
cannot have peace when faceless and nameless executioners can murder
defenseless people and go unpunished.
Sun.Star special reports on trafficking of women and children and the
problem of water give situation reports and chart courses of action.
Sun.Star, with news and opinion, has warned against power grab and the
imperative of constitutional transition but also argues against public
officials accused of cheating and graft and getting away with it.
True, Sun.Star regards its readers as consumers to whom goods and
services are sold. Papers survive on advertising revenue and Sun.Star
is no exception.
Sun.Star, however, treats its audience as more than consumers. As the
civic journalism concept sees it, readers are "citizens with
responsibilities of self-government."
Even as we put more effort into becoming better civic journalists
ourselves, we hope citizen journalists will help us in the job.
In trying to learn what the community agenda is, Sun.Star has turned
to views of focus groups, opinion surveys, and academic papers.
More extensively, we have scanned public opinion in subsections of
Sun.Star's Op-Ed pages (such as Talk Back, Speak Out, Text Forum,
Complaints Forum), in grievances and suggestions that land on our
Errors Desk, and in similar features in other media.
Through a network of journalists from Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star
Superbalita [Cebu], we have shortlisted what the public worries about.
Today, we launch the "Wanted: Citizen Journalists" project, in a
continuing effort to "reconnect with the real concerns that readers
have about the issues in their lives they care most about..."
On top of what we have been doing to cross whatever gap between the
paper and its readers, we have expanded our interaction structure in
the two papers and Sun.Star Cebu Online.
Citizen journalists can now report in text and photos and express
their opinions on community issues to print forums of the two papers
and to the web log "Citizen Journalist" (www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/cj).
What sees light on the website may go to print; what sees print may go
to the website, subject to editing rules and legal restraints and
rules of good taste.
Citizen journalists, we trust, can help us "ferret out issues of
interest to citizens who are not members of the elite." Those issues
can include their children's education, their security in and outside
their homes, and the economic future they face.
It will be a new and arduous task for journalists used to looking
largely at their own agenda. It will be new and even disconcerting to
a public used to sitting back and shunning citizenship duties.
Whatever the difficulties, whichever way the project goes, "Wanted:
Citizen Journalists" will be an exciting and challenging phase in
Sun.Star and community journalism.
(September 21, 2005 issue)
Reading a magazine through the Web can be a frustrating experience.
The Web site doesn't follow the magazine's physical layout. Not every
story published in the print edition is on the Web, and digging out
earlier articles can be hit or miss. That is beginning to change, as
an increasing number of magazine publishers test "digital editions" --
electronic versions of their publications that replicate every page of
the print edition down to the table of contents and the ads. Available
for download on the Web or through email links, usually only to paying
subscribers, these new editions could change attitudes of both
consumers and advertisers about magazines. No longer will readers have
to wait for their physical copy to arrive in the mail: instead they
can download and print the digital version. For those who want to read
electronically, pages can be turned with the click of a mouse. The
editions give advertisers more options -- old-school magazine ads or
interactive pages that can include video or other moveable features.
For publishers, digital editions can save on printing and postal
costs. Source: Brian Steinberg, The Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 19, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Korean online newspaper enlists army of 'citizen reporters' / Multitudes log on daily to read and respond to stories
The 150 or so stories posted on the site each day range from breaking news about huge protests to sophisticated political analysis, from hit pieces to tales of the daily ups and downs of people who feel ignored by established media."
Friday, September 16, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
AP PRESS RELEASE
NEW YORK -- asap is coming.
The Associated Press is set to launch its younger audience service Sept. 19. The news cooperative's Internet-embracing multimedia initiative is aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds."
SF Examiner and Independent end payola restaurant reviews
San Francisco newspapers The Examiner and the Independent agreed
Friday to label as advertising a regular restaurant news column the
newspapers had used to reward advertisers and solicit ads from eating
establishments. The announcement, by Executive Editor Vivienne
Sosnowski, came in response to queries by Grade the News about George
Habit, a dining columnist whose articles appeared several times each
week in the newspapers. Mr. Habit's columns were presented as news and
he was identified as a journalist under the byline "special to the
Examiner," or just "Independent Newspapers." In reality, Mr. Habit is
an ad salesman, not a journalist. His column, he said in an earlier
interview, is designed not to help consumers make informed dining
choices, but to reward advertisers and entice new business from
restaurants that have yet to sign an ad contract. "Yes, I use the
column as an initiative to get advertisers to run an ad," Mr. Habit
said. "The paper gives me a free rein." Source: John McManus, Grade
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
The next turn of the century is witnessing a similar development, an extension to the conversation. It is quickly becoming obvious that, print especially, news agencies are embracing citizen journalism as a supplement to their coverage. In fact, in order to keep an edge on the competition, even to take measures against the increasing threat to print obsolescence, newspapers are extending the conversation in real time on the Webface of their publications. It's only a matter of time until a newsblog, or blogitorial, is a standard feature. "
Monday, September 12, 2005
by Gavin O'Malley, Monday, Sep 12, 2005 6:00 AM EST
THE COX-OWNED AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN TODAY plans to launch a free community blogging service on its group of sites, www.statesman.com and the entertainment-centric www.austin360.com. Jim Debth, the American-Statesman's Internet general manager, said the paper hopes the addition of citizen journalists will supplement coverage of large, multifaceted stories, and eventually boost site traffic as well as ad revenue."
There's a dramatic revolution taking place in the news business today
and it isn't about TV-anchor changes, scandals at storied newspapers
or even the fierce tensions between government and the press. The
future course of news, the basic assumptions about how we consume news
and information and make decisions in a democratic society, are being
altered, perhaps irrevocably, by technologically savvy young people no
longer wedded to traditional news outlets or even accessing news in
traditional ways. While the news business is in the news more than
industry leaders might prefer, the most important issue they face
revolves around the news habits of today's news consumers, and, in
particular, those of young people. There's an inescapable conclusion
to be drawn from research I completed earlier this year for the
Carnegie Corp. of New York about the news habits of 18- to
34-year-olds. In short, the future of the U.S. news industry is
seriously threatened by the seemingly irrevocable move by young people
away from traditional sources of news.
Source: Merrill Brown, The Seattle Times
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Danah Boyd, a researcher for Yahoo!, maintains that online reaction to the July bombings was another landmark in the news revolution. If 9/11 showed the web to be a ready resource, by 7/7 it was the instinctive destination. In her blog (www.zephoria.org), Boyd explains that we no longer want the tradition of “packaged reports of terror on autorepeat”. Instead, we want details and real stories from real people, which can be found in plenty at www.technorati.com, the blog search engine that listed 1,300 posts about the London bombs by 10.15am, and saw a 45% increase in hits that morning; at www.flickr.com, where the photo-blog community posted pictures from the scene with breathtaking speed; and on the collaborative encyclopedia Wiki-pedia (en.wikipedia.org), where instant historians were writing their version of events."
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Now we're seeing the next stage take hold in the citizens' media movement. People are beginning to contribute rich media -- photos, video and audio -- to news sites.
'Citizen journalism' archive needed
Daily Press - Newport News,VA,USA
... isn't how technology is further empowering professionals who
disseminate news, but rather, how it's empowering the emerging idea of
the "citizen journalist.". ...
US: Publishers do not see threat in citizen journalism site
editorsweblog.org - USA
... do not see a threat to suburban newspapers in the citizen
journalism site YourHub ... YourHub.com is a community web site of
Colorado neighborhoods for people to ...
'The State' (Columbia, SC) Launches Community Blog, Citizen ...
Editor & Publisher - USA
NEW YORK The State in Columbia, SC is joining the citizen journalism
revolution this ... upload photos, and submit events for inclusion in
the community calendar. ...
Old-School Community Journalism Shows: It's a Wonderful 'Light'
Media Channel - New York,NY,USA
... the founders of the all-local citizen journalist startup ...
becomes the host for the discussion by the community. ... height of
the power of modern journalism, in the ...
NOLA.com Editor Says 'Times-Pic' Newsroom is Feeling Post-Katrina ...
Editor & Publisher - USA
... "We're a place where the community can tell its own story," Donley
says. "I don't want to overuse the term 'citizen journalism,' but
that's what's going on.". ...
Citizens' Media Gets Richer
Media Channel - New York,NY,USA
... While other citizen journalism sites like the Bakersfield
Californian's ... result, it's less about journalism and more about
empowering community members to ...
University Of Oregon Law School To Assist Students Displaced By ...
MedfordNews.com - Medford,OR,USA
... Do you have a story you'd like to tell about your community? Try
our Citizen's Journalism feature. Signing up is free and the rest is
The New News
New Haven Advocate - New Haven,CT,USA
... Some sites promise more citizen involvement than they ... of
removing people from community by gluing ... them to public events,
whether through journalism or through ...
See all stories on this topic
Grassroots Newspaper Summit-September 16-17
journalism.co.za - Johannesburg,South Africa
... 12 practical training workshops, five high-level policy
roundtables, a joint gala awards banquet for the 14yr-old Sanlam
Community Journalism Awards and the ...
Web Proves Its Capacity to Help in Time of Need
Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
... "Traditional journalism provides the view from the outside looking
in, and citizen journalism provides the view from the inside looking
out," said Mitch Gelman ...
See all stories on this topic
Friday, September 09, 2005
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Thursday, September 08, 2005
COPYRIGHT is a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal that will
publish papers on "all aspects of copyright in the Internet age."
Topics covered will include: digital rights management, scholarly
communication and open access, collaborative authorship, blogs and
other new media, and the social implications of copyright. For more
information and for paper-submission guidelines, link to
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Managing Editor, University of Pennsylvania, 3910 Irving Street
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Citizens' media quickly taking central role in news sites
Not long ago, online news sites discovered that users wanted to become
part of the media conversation. Begrudgingly, many news sites added
group blogs and other devices that cracked open the palace doors and
allowed readers to become writers. Turns out the barbarians at the
gates were adept at slinging words. Who knew? Now we're seeing the
next stage take hold in the citizens' media movement. People are
beginning to contribute rich media -- photos, video and audio -- to
news sites. "If news organizations don't embrace this, it will embrace
them, and they'll become less and less relevant," says Michael
Tippett, founder of NowPublic.com. "Citizen journalism is not the
future. It's the present." For some time, readers have contributed
photos of news events like Sept. 11, the space shuttle breakup or the
London bombings. What's changed is that such reader galleries are
becoming central parts of several news sites rather than
afterthoughts. Video and audio aren't far behind. In the process,
thousands of amateur photographers, video-makers and podcasters have
begun creating a flavor of news that's different from traditional
journalism -- something more informal, spirited and community-based.
Source: J.D. Lasica, Online Journalism Review
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Saturday, August 27, 2005
". . . Today people can take pictures of you or make voice recordings
or otherwise capture you at times you don't even suspect it in private
places," says UVA's Paul Lombardo, Ph.D, J.D. According to Lombardo
the days of easily making the distinction between public and private
space are gone. "The best recommendation for people in terms of
privacy is if you're in public don't expect to be treated privately."
Friday, August 26, 2005
According to the latest Annual Euro RSCG Magnet and Columbia
University Survey of the Media, 51 percent of journalists are using
weblogs regularly and 28 percent rely on them for their daily
reporting. By contrast, only 1 percent believe in their credibility.
The study is based on responses of 1,202 journalists from the United
States and other countries worldwide (no further details regarding the
other countries was given on Euro RSCG Magnet). Of journalists who
reported using blogs, 70 percent use blogs for work-related tasks:
they use blogs to find story ideas, researching and referencing facts,
finding sources and uncovering breaking news. However, only a few
journalists post on blogs or have their own blogs. "Such activities
might be seen as compromising objectivity and thus credibility."
Source: Anna-Maria Mende, Editorsweblog.org
Link: Report Summary, Euro RSCG Magnet
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Saturday, August 20, 2005
1 comments about 'Defining Citizens' Journalism and Participatory
Journalism' I am a Nigerian blogger who was formerly a freelance
journalist since 1987. I have decided to use blogging to practice my
profession without fear or playing to gallery of the establishment.
Two prominent Nigerian journalists have been murdered with bombs and
other Nigerian journalists have been killed by agents of the military
tyrants and criminal politicians, it is safer to publish the truth on
line without fear of being hunted and harmed. They cannot seize my
newspapers and they cannot ban me from the streets anymore. I am free
as a citizen journalist and a citizen of the universe of on line
journalism. To tell the truth And damn the wrath of the earth.
Posted by ORIKINLA at August 20, 2005 07:53 AM at:
[Source: http://www.cyberjournalist.net/news/002818.php ]
This about says it all about BLOG (read: citizen) journalism -tp.,
Monday, August 15, 2005
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Friday, August 12, 2005
http://edu-tainment.de/bmvideo/Darknet_video.mov "Eleanor Kruszewski,
who interviewed me at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco about
"Darknet," says that the 30-minute video on Ourmedia has made her a
pinup star in the geek boy circles at defcon and oscon (O'Reilly Open
Source Convention last week in Portland)." - JD Lasica. Read about
the DARK NET. -tp.
Choices and Voices - Next Meeting at The BUZZ: 17 August at 7 pm.We
continue our discussion and planning . Be a part a newest, edgy BLOG
and e-Zine. We need investigators, writers, artists, poets, reporters,
spies, cynics and prestidigitators. Please, no lawyers. -tp.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
The Choices and Voices group might not be a large group, ultimately, but certainly - working together - collaborating - we can achieve
similar ends. The NOLS library system owns 2 copies of this book. -tp.
Monday, August 01, 2005
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