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Newsroom Lessons from Iraq War Policy

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

I just finished reading Wired magazine’s article by  Noah Shachtman entitled: How Technology Almost Lost the War: In Iraq, the Critical Networks Are Social — Not Electronic.
It might be a stretch, but as I was reading the article I thought what if the words newsrooms or reporters or editors were dropped into some paragraph would the advice then sound [...]

Confessions of a Citizen Journalist, So What’s New?

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

OffTheBus, is Jay Rosen’s and the Huffington Post’s move to get citizen reporting and citizen insights into Presidential election news mix. To understand part of the process read this piece by OffThe Bus contributor Bryan Bissell. The OffTheBus editors sent  him to cover the hostage taking at the Clinton Headquarters in New Hampshire,. About midway through his reflective piece, Bissell writes:
Packs of [...]

Are Great Feature Writing Specialists in Danger?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

I hope you have been among the 1,600 people who have been watching the discussion that has grown around my post: Journalism Wants Pitcher to Be the Catcher Too. Here’s a key question: Can you be a great reporter/writer with no interest in multi-media skills and still get a newsroom job?
Here is one opinion from  Prescott Shibles:
I would even venture to [...]

CJR: Does Journalism Need a Rhetoric Beat?

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Fascinating essay in the Columbia Journalism Review by Brent Cunningham about  how politically manipulative words make their way, often unchallenged, into the mainstream press and sometimes with dire consequences. Take for example the phrase “war on terror.” Cunningham writes:
The point is that the ready and largely uncritical embrace of the war narrative—in key realms of the [...]

If You Build It, They May Not Come

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Jay Rosen has been saying it for a while, now you can hear it again in a New York Times article quoting Robin Sloan, an online product strategist for Al Gore’s Current.Tv: 
“If you build it, they will not necessarily come. We have, a number of times, assumed that if we built the Web architecture for citizen [...]