Tag: USA

Backfence's Mark Potts: We're reevaluating our strategy

• January 11, 2007 • Comments (0)

Following my post summing up some of the buzz around local citizen journalism effort Backfence after the recent layoffs, I asked co-founder Mark Potts to clarify a few things about where the company’s at. Here’s a quick email interview. Me: I’m really curious about your business model. Is there enough money in the local market […]

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Trouble at Backfence?

• January 11, 2007 • Comments (1)

I’m not one for spreading rumour and hypotheses bordering on guesses, but there’sthere has been little else to turn to when it comes to the development at Backfence, the local citizen media site for a number of smaller cities in the States. Two of the founders have now left the project, and according to Peter […]

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"The hatemongers stormed the gates"

• January 9, 2007 • Comments (0)

The local newspaper the Sun-Sentinel is facing critisism for allowing “racist stereotypes, slurs, and sentimental references to slavery and lynchings”. Bob Norman writes: This summer, the newspaper began allowing readers to post unchecked comments beneath each article on its website. Almost immediately, the hatemongers stormed the gates, and they haven’t let up since. The comments […]

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Newsrooms posing the wrong question?

• January 7, 2007 • Comments (0)

An interesting post by Steve Yelvington highlights some of the questions newsrooms are posing – and should be posing – today. In a discussion about, among other things, open and closed systems and journalism for a new generation of non-seekers, Yelvington lands at: Thanks to investor Bruce Sherman’s meddling in the newspaper business, suddenly America’s […]

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Weekly media study to include more than a hundred blogs

• January 5, 2007 • Comments (0)

More than a hundred blogs are to be included in a new weekly media study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ), writes USA Today. Though they will be separated from the established media in the study. According to PEJ, the News Coverage Index will be “the largest effort ever to measure and analyze […]

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Dan Gillmor's media predictions for 2007

• January 2, 2007 • Comments (0)
Dan Gillmor's media predictions for 2007

Dan Gillmor is a wise man in the citizen media world, so it’s with interest I read his media predictions for 2007. They are about US media, but interesting none the less. And I like the quiz format of this post (which Gillmor’s borrowed from columnist William Safire). 9. The most important journalism innovation will […]

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Placeblogger – a new hub for hyperlocal blogging in the States

• January 2, 2007 • Comments (2)
Placeblogger - a new hub for hyperlocal blogging in the States

A new site covering local and hyperlocal blogs has launched. Placeblogger.com is presented by Dan Gillmor’s Center for Citizens Media, Jay Rosen‘s PressThink and Lisa Williams’ H20Town. The site defines a placeblog as “an act of sustained attention to a particular place over time”. It’s not necessarily citizen journalism, but rather can contain what they […]

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Slow change in the newsroom

• December 20, 2006 • Comments (0)

Mark Glaser summarizes what he’s found when asking people how the change from “old” to “new” media is going in their newsroom. An interesting read. You can talk all you want about new media, and even hire people with experience in new media, but if the top execs don’t really get it, then change is […]

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On comments to articles and community building

• December 20, 2006 • Comments (1)

Tucson-based Arizona Daiy Star’s site azstarnet.com has decided to remove the possibility to comment on many of their articles. Debbie Kornmiller, Readers Advocate, writes: This is the second time since StarNet launched in 1995 that the Star’s online forum has forced management to rethink allowing online interaction. The last foray, the Community Front Page, was […]

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From Rocketboom to the newsroom

• December 13, 2006 • Comments (1)
From Rocketboom to the newsroom

Amanda Congdon has landed a job at ABC News. The former vlogger star will keep up her usual Rocketboom style in the short news clips she’ll be doing for ABC, the NY Times reports. On her first minishow, which became available yesterday on ABC’s Web site, Ms. Congdon shows up in a taut Steely Dan […]

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A small step for some, a giant leap for an old giant

• December 12, 2006 • Comments (0)
A small step for some, a giant leap for an old giant

The old and renowned New York Times hasn’t been known for being in the forefront when it comes to embrasing citizen/social media. Therefore the new change, minor as it might seem, is indeed a big leap in this old giant’s development. The NY Times has added buttons to its stories allowing users to send them […]

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Berkeley webcasts feat. Howard Rheingold, Seth Gitner and others

• December 10, 2006 • Comments (2)

The Winter New Media Lecture Series, a US Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Knight New Media Center and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation initiative, will be webcast live at Berkeley’s site December 10-13. The lecture series is part of a week-long multimedia training workshop for mid-career journalists at Berkeley. It sounds like it’ll be […]

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