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Archive for May, 2004

Where Blogs and Public Journalism Meet

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

Very interesting piece by Dan Froomkin at the Online Journalism Review entitled Ideas for Online Publications: Lessons From Blogs, Other Signposts.
See the intersection of blogs and public journalism in this excerpt:
Consider if you were starting a “newspaper” today. Wouldn’t you want to facilitate exchanges with readers? Wouldn’t you want to encourage your [...]

PJNet Launches Innovations in Teaching

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

Andrea Frantz, Innovative Professor
When I heard that Andrea Frantz, a communication professor at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was taking her journalism class into the community as part of a civic journalism project, I thought we have to blog that here. But Frantz gave such comprehensive answers to my questions that I decided to use [...]

Nieman’s Press Watchdog Site Is Public Journalism

Thursday, May 27th, 2004

Earlier this week the Nieman Foundation launched what it calls its Nieman Watchdog website developing “Questions the press should ask.”
Sounds like public journalism to us. Here is one paragraph from its introduction:
The premise of watchdog journalism is that the press is a surrogate for the public, asking probing, penetrating questions at every level, [...]

New York Times Admits It Errored

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

Jeff Jarvis at does a good job of pointing us to various commentary reactions to The New York Times confession today that it did a poor job of reporting on Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Here is part of The Times mea culpa:
we have found a number of instances of coverage that was not as [...]

Do Bloggers Need a 12-Step Program

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

An amusing article in the New York Times today about being addicted to blogging. I like this paragraph best:
Blogging is a pastime for many, even a livelihood for a few. For some, it becomes an obsession. Such bloggers often feel compelled to write several times daily and feel anxious if they don’t keep up. [...]