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Archive for April, 2008

New York Times Reinforces Inane Debate Questions

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Last night I expressed my distain for the ABC News questions aimed at Democratic Party presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, including my favorite: Why doesn’t Obama wear an American flag lapel pin?
It took about an hour before the first real policy question was asked, then the debate took on some semblance of high [...]

ABC Conducts Worst Debate, It’s Embarrassing

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

I got so angry watching the smarmy questions being asked by moderators Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos of  both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that after listening to just 20 minutes I fired off an email to ABC News. Here is the response and the reason I will make my complaint public at I want to be sure [...]

Knight Funded Study Aims at Information Needs of Communities

Monday, April 14th, 2008

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is funding a $2.3 million study to see if citizens and communities are getting the information they need to participate in a robust democracy. The study is being compared to the Hutchins and Kerner commission reports.
This from a Knight press release:
The John S. and James L. Knight [...]

Abu Ghraib: Citizen Witness Trumps, Empowers Journalism

Friday, April 11th, 2008

I just got around to reading my New Yorker from March 24, 2008 and in it is the story of “Sabrina Harman, a U.S. Army specialist who took photographs at Abu Ghraib and was convicted by court-martial for her conduct there.”
Of all the things I have read and heard about the torture in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison — [...]

NAA White Paper Gives Overview of Citizen Journalism

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Mark Toner writes an interesting  white paper for the Newspaper Association of America entitled: Citizen Journalism and Newspaper Sites: The Revolution will be Uploaded. It is a fine overview of what is happening, and includes topics like Beatblogging, Citizen Witnesses, Social Media, Crowdsourcing, Teamsourcing and our own Representative Journalism.
Here are a few excerpts:
Steve Yelvington, strategist for Morris DigitalWorks, talking of citizen [...]