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.”

Another citizen journalism effort launched

Self-described “recovering journalist” Mark Potts and his partner, Susan DeFife, are launching Backfence.com, another entry in the growing open-source journalism field. According to Potts, interviewed for a Washington Post article, major media newspapers are unable to get to the “hyper-local” news that will make up the content of Backfence.com. ““A housewife or hardware store owner can have something to contribute, that’s important to them, that would be way under the radar of what we as journalists think is important,” Potts says in the Post article. “It’s the kind of thing you talk about at cocktail parties and barbecues.”

The site… Read More »

Sites for citizen-journalists get funding

We’ve been talking about citizen journalists and news sites where readers write the news for some time now. The trend has reached a point where some think it’s worth investing some money. According to a Washington Post story,

Several notable ventures have launched or raised money this year to create local news sites online in which readers contribute all or most of the news. The big idea is that citizen-generated content lowers costs and creates more loyal audiences.

The investment is spurred by the payoff of advertising dollars spent to target ads at a local level.

Integrating blogs into journalism

Newspapers & Technology has an interesting piece on the integration of blogs and newspapers. The piece tells of the success of the sports blogs at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. These blogs—written by sports columnists (who didn’t find them to be too much of a burden) became so popular that they were moved from the free part of the paper’s Web site to the section only viewable by paid subscribers.

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