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Archive for January, 2006

South African Paper Tries Online Citizen Journalism

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Johnnic Communications, the company that owns the Sunday Times of South Africa is launching, an online citizen newspaper, where citizen writers will be paid nominal fees for contributions.
This from a press release: is managed by Johncom Digital Media, the electronic arm of Johnnic Communications. Its virtual newsroom will be led by a [...]

Request: Help Save Quality Journalism in Croatia

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

I received this requested from Stjepan Malovic, director of the International Center for Education of Journalists, Dubrovnik University Study of Media and Culture of Society, Opatija, Croatia:
Croatia is losing quality newspapers. Global media companies are buying existing publishing companies and developing tabloids only. We would like to preserve at least one newspaper as [...]

Digital Universe: Will It Be Internet’s PBS, BBC?

Friday, January 6th, 2006

Larry Sanger, co founder of Wikipedia, is helping build the Digital Universe, which, he says in a CNET interview, will:
be a non-commercial, free or open content authoritative information resource that mirrors reality. You can think of the Digital Universe as a set of portals, each defined by a topic, such as the planet Mars. [...]

Open Cola: Make Your Own or Die Trying

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

As I try to learn more about open source and how it might be applied to the saving journalism, I have been reading the book How Open Is the Future? edited by Marleen Wynants & Jan Cornelis. In it they talk about all kinds of open source projects, including OpenCola.
Wow, I thought, of [...]

Gillmor Heads New Citizen Media Center

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Dan Gillmor will run the Center for Citizen Media in California. Here is the introduction:
This is the website for the Center for Citizen Media, a new initiative aimed at helping to enable and encourage grassroots media, especially citizen journalism, at every level.
The nonprofit Center is jointly affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School [...]