Community journalism may be harder than online knowledge sharing

Wired has an interesting piece today about the problems Wikinews is experiencing that its parent, Wikipedia, never had to deal with:

“In Wikipedia, the writing style of an encyclopedia is more timeless. You can get it right eventually. It’s going to be the same article for many years,” said Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia’s founder. “With a news story, the actual story has a limited lifespan. If it’s not neutral, you’ve got to fix it quickly.”

Community journalism may be a tougher nut to crack than simple online knowledge sharing. Read the whole story here.

It’s the people, stupid: Part 3

Here we go again. Will nobody stop these idiots?

An article in the Maryland Business Gazette succumbs without challenge to the same stastical nonsense that is cited by hundreds of other publications and which has led thousands of businesses to embark on engagement-killing programs of monitoring employees’ online activities. Are these business writers hypnotized by numbers? Do they never question what they’re told? Here’s the drivel coming out of the Gazette:

According to a recent Gallup Organization report, the average employee uses office computers for nonwork activity about 75 minutes per day. At an average wage of $20 per hour, that…

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The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #26: April 21, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on not knowing what to think about blogs; recording on an iPod; on enjoying open source marketing interview; more on character blogs; screencasting and Camtasia; on IBM intranets and good publicity; suggestions for transcribing interviews; syndicating RSS content; from our Australia correspondent); report on the Blognomics conference; don’t dismiss press releases; restrictions on employee bloggers during an acquisition; internal communication measurement; update on re-publishing blog posts.

Show notes for April 21, 2005

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On the road again

I should have noted yesterday that I’m on the road, back to Chicago yet again. On a personal note, this is a trip with a double purpose. In addition to doing the keynote at a healthcare company’s communications conference, I met my son here. Ben has been in the US Army—the 101st Airborne—for the last three years (including a year in Iraq). He officially gets out of the Army on May 27, but had enough leave built up that he’s spending the time between now and then at home. He flew from Nashville to Chicago, and we spent the evening with Steve Crescenzo (employee communications consultant, speaker, and blogger extraordinaire) and his… Read More »

Pass on Feedplex

FeedPlex is back online. This is a search engine that searches only XML files—such as RSS and RDF feeds—but not very well. I entered my own first name (yep, a vanity search) to see what would come up. The headline listed this blog, “a shel of my former self.” The link, however, went to a completely different blog I’ve never read or heard of. Search Engine Watch reports the database is being “revamped and expanded.” One hopes.

My hometown newspaper’s editor starts a behind-the-scenes blog

The front page of the business section of my hometown paper, The Contra Costa Times, bore this headline this morning: “Papers broaden margins, jump in the blogosphere” (free subscription required). Included in the article is a sidebar listing the blogs hosted by the Times itself, including one by editor Chris Lopez whose blog addresses “what goes on in the newsroom of the Times.”

That’s a lot like the John Moore’s blog at the Ventura County Star. The difference is that Moore is assistant managing editor for new media and technology; Lopez is editor in chief and vice president. So far, the blog hasn’t attracted a single comment, but… Read More »

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