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Blogger Goofs On Twitter Ads
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The latest gaff in online journalism comes courtesy of prominent tech blog, emphasizing once again an important point: When bloggers are under pressure to be first and fast, the journalistic process is undermined and due diligence is neglected.

Death By Blogging, NYT Style
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I’m not sure the last time I saw a New York Times piece that failed to convince, well, anybody. It may be because Matt Richtel made the classic mistake of developing a thesis and sticking to it until he found some evidence. (Academic tip: A good thesis comes after research.)

 

Score Another For Citizen Journalism
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Webmasters scored another victory in the court system recently when a Vermont judge tossed out a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman upset by comments made about her by a third party commentator.

Superior Court Judge David Howard upheld provisions set forth under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, enacted by the US Congress in 1996, which protects providers of interactive computer services from liability for content posted by third parties.

An April Fool’s Message To The Blogosphere

The largest of stumbling blocks—well, more like walls—lain in the blogger’s path to journalistic credibility has been…journalistic credibility. That concern alone has been the traditional (read: now ye olde school) journalist’s trumping objection, a turned up nose progressively shrinking and less relevant. Until today, April Fools Day.

You’ll have to be patient on this scenic journey with me. We’re headed somewhere, I promise. Whether it’s some place cool remains to be seen.

Publish2 Receives $2.7 Million In Funding

Online news aggregator startup Publish2 has raised $2.75 million in funding from Velocity Interactive Group, a digital media investment firm.

Journalists Working Online More And Using Blogs More
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The shift from print to online media is giving journalists more responsibility and making them more aware of the commercial side of the business according to the "2008 PRWeek/PR Newswire Media Survey."

The survey polled 1,231 journalists including newspaper and magazine journalists, television, radio and online reporters, and bloggers.

Journalist To Be Fined Up To $5,000 Per Day
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There’s a disturbing trend in the American courts: the punishment of journalists for doing their jobs. The latest victim: Toni Locy, journalism professor and former USA Today reporter.

Federal Court Judge Reggie B. Walton is charging Locy with contempt of court for not revealing a source who supplied her with information for a story about the Feds’ investigation into anthrax attacks back in 2001.

More Americans Look Online For News
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The majority of Americans (67%) say that traditional journalism does not provide what Americans want from their news, a new We Media/Zogby Interactive poll shows.

The survey found that more than half of Americans (70%) think journalism is important to the quality of their communities but 64 percent are dissatisfied with the quality of journalism in their communities.

Drudge Becomes Media Scapegoat
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Drudge is turning out to be a sacrificial lamb in the name of journalistic integrity, sparking not only a debate about how cozy British journalists are with the British government, but also illustrating how powerful a citizen journalist, or blogger, can be.

Or "link journalist" I suppose, which is an interesting side-development.

What Does the Future of the Newspaper Look Like?
Mediapost referenced a 66 slide powerpoint by The World Association of Newspapers, titled Shaping the Future of the Newspaper.

Each bulleted list below is a slide from their presentation. I grouped some of them together to discuss how/where I think they relate.

Bloggers & Journalists Treated Quite Differently at Conferences

At every conference or tradeshow, you get a badge.  I have a box full of them on my desk, an increasing number of them with the title of "Speaker" affixed beneath my name. 

Survey: 3/4 Journalists Use Blogs

A new survey by Brodeur and MarketWire, shows that 75% of journalists use blogs to get ideas for stories.

Journalists may not comment but they are reading…in fact, four in five say they read read blogs at least two to three times a week. Almost 30% of journalists in the survey say they have their own blog.

Journalists consult blogs for story ideas, angles and insights:

Study Looks at How Journalists Use Blogs

In a recent study by Omnicom Group’s Brodeur and Marketwire about how

More Blogs & Journalism Discussion

Scott Karp makes a good point in a post about Nick Denton taking the helm at Gawker again (something I also wrote about on earlier). It’s pretty much the same thing I’ve been saying over and over when I talk to companies — including media companies — about blogs and social media. Let me say it again: Blogs are just a publishing system.

Journalism Is Different Than Surgery

Via David “DigiDave” Cohn (who got it from Dan Gillmor), I came across a mind-boggling piece of commentary from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in which former NBC correspondent and journalism instructor David Hazinski argues that “citizen journalism” needs to

Keller of NYT on Citizen Journalism

Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times, gave a long and passionate speech in London last week at a memorial event hosted by The Guardian — the full text of which is here — and in it he said many valuable and wise things about the practice of journalism (although he kind of glossed over stuff like Jayson Blair and Judith Miller, but whatever).

Woops, Bloggers Give Nissan Too Much Credit

Did you know that Nissan has developed a new kind of paint that can change colors on command? It was news to Nissan, too.

Bloggers Win International Journalism Award

If there was any doubt remaining that bloggers can be considered journalists, consider that lack of faith obliterated. An Egyptian and a Burmese blogger are the first of the blogger-kind to receive the Knight International Journalism Award.

Journalists Rely Increasingly on Blogs

I used to wait impatiently for Don Middleberg and Steven Ross to release their annual study on how reporters and editors use the Internet. Don sold is agency several years ago and the survey vanished. Fortunately, the Arketi Group is out with some data in its 2007 Web Watch Survey, according to MediaPost.

AP Is Dead … Killed By Blogs & Aggregation
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Old media is epitomized by no news source more than the Associated Press. Literally thousands of journalists are employed around the world to bring current event coverage to readers of thousands of newspapers and their online sites.

Old Media, Time To Find The Missing Link
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There is an inherent competitiveness within the media industry, and any given entity goes about its business as though parallel organizations don’t exist – and throwing the competition a hyperlink is tantamount to endorsement. After all, if you sell shoes, you wouldn’t willingly direct customers to another shoe store, would you?

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