A source for story ideas

In the first iteration of the Don Middleberg-Steven Ross “Media in Cyberspace” study several years ago, reporters and editors said they used newsgroups (message board, bulletin boards, forums) for story fodder. Most often they visited the boards for information about a story they were already covering, but some trolled message boards looking for story ideas.

Heath Row from FastCompany magazine (the guy behind the magazine’s blog—the first blog in a business magazine—says he finds blogs to be useful for finding story ideas today. He also says that blogs provide him the opportunity to write about topics that don’t meet the requirements… Read More »

Journalists are Webified

A lot of people apparently never got the word that the blog-vs.-journalism debate was over. I’m reading more commentaries by journalists now than I was before the end of the issue was proclaimed. The latest comes from Slate editor-at-large Jack Shafer, published in today’s National Post. Shafer has no issue with bloggers, only the notion that somehow they represent the end of traditional journalism.

Shafer notes that all new media are additive. Radio didn’t kill newspapers and television didn’t spell the end of radio. The only news delivery channel that hasn’t survived is the movie theater newsreel, he writes. Further, he adds,… Read More »

Reopening the blog/journalism chasm

If the blog-journalism war is over (or was stupid to begin with), nobody told Nick Coleman. The columnist from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has launched an outright war against bloggers, warning other journalists that nothing good can come from blogging and that they need to be aware of blogs and prepared to fire back at blog posts.

Coleman’s comments—and the story of how he came to his conclusions—are covered in a story on today’s Editor & Publisher.

“Editors and writers in mainstream media are very naive,” he says. “Readership and power of the blogs is increasing.” He also claims that the blogs are dangerous because they are not…

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WikiNews consolidates tsunami humanitarian links

The blogosphere is teeming today with items about where you can send your contributions to aid in humanitarian and relief efforts in the wake of the strongest earthquake in 40 years and the resulting tsunami. Keeping track of each of these blogs would be dicey at best, even with the massive amount of trackbacking and cross-linking that’s going on.

It’s a situation that puts the strengths of a wiki on display. Rather than thousands of independent posts that characterize coverage in the blogosphere, a wiki makes it easy for many people to contribute information, aggregating it in one place. That’s precisely what’s going on over at… Read More »

Bacon’s will track blogs

Bacon’s publisher Ruth McFarland wasn’t entirely convinced that blogs warranted inclusion in the media monitoring company’s list of media worth monitoring. Blogs have made enough of an impact (e.g., coverage as an also-ran in Time’s Person of the Year coverage) that McFarland has relented and assigned three of her 56 editors to keep an eye on the blogosphere.

“The news cycle for a story sometimes originates from a blog and can, on occasion, find its way into the mainstream media,” said McFarland, also a senior vice president, in a statement.

Not that Bacon’s plans to cover the entire blogosphere, mind you; just the 250 “most… Read More »

Newspapers with RSS feeds

The Media Drop has produced a list of 142 newspapers that offer RSS feeds. Media Drop author Tom Biro (originally misreported as Tim Porter, who does First Draft) also has his next steps planned: “I plan on contacting the PR contacts at some of the larger newspaper companies and asking them if a) they have feeds available that haven’t been found yet or b) when they plan, if ever, to implement them. Progress will be posted here or in a new entry on TMD.”

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