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Recommended Reading

Participatory Journalism and media
Blogging: The Next Wave: Glenn Reynolds backs up one of our long predictions that participatory journalism is ideally suited for smaller media companies. In this article he focuses on local blogs, and gives good suggestions on how to approach them.

"Modern technology—especially the combination of easy web publishing, cheap web hosting, and rapidly spreading access to broadband internet—means that a single individual can compete with Big Media organizations on a surprisingly equal footing, if he or she picks the area carefully. While there will be lots of attention given to warblogs and blogs focusing on national politics between now and the Presidential election in the fall, I think that over the long term it’s blogs focused on other areas that have the most potential for growth, and for affecting the world on a day to day basis."
Also Jonathan Peterson adds:
"Media consolidation has turned most local TV news into little more than weather, traffic, crime reporting and cross-promotions for other TV shows and most local newspapers into little more than classifieds and AP wire reports, there is a real opportunity for grassroots journalism."

When Journalists Blog, Editors Get Nervous: Steve Outing talks about how personal Web logs are becoming a contentious issue in newsrooms across the country. “The majority of journalists that I spoke with in reporting this column seem mostly content to blog under some limited restrictions from their employer—mindful that what they publish on their own time could damage the credibility of their employers, and potentially cost them their jobs.”

Six reasons for sharing stories before publication: “Breaking the rules of journalism: Six reasons why sources should see stories before publication.” (thanks JD for capturing this)

FontShop Seeks Keyword Mercenaries: “FontShop is calling on font nerds to help them keyword their massive collection. Participants will be rewarded with fonts and a chance to win trips. With 25,000 fonts in the FontShop library, enticing some extra keywording manpower is a very smart idea.”

How to get free iTunes from Pepsi with every bottle. If this isn’t participatory journalism, we’re not sure what is.

Om Malik on blogs in NDAs: “You know weblogs have made it as legitimate form of journalism when PR agencies and Corporations include them in the non disclosure agreements.” By the way, his blog on broadband GigaOm is top notch.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Google: It’s all the rage for writers to prove their points by citing Google. One problem: The stats are meaningless. “Sad to say, plugging Google in a story has become almost a telltale sign of sloppy reporting, a hack’s version of a Rolodex. Journalists, especially ones from highbrow publications like The New Yorker, should be sourcing hard stats, not search-engine evidence, to bolster their stories.”

Good thoughts on the new Yahoo search: Shifted Librarian, Dave Winer, Chris Sherman and plenty more to come where sure.

Wired: Blogs Pump Bucks Into Campaigns. Also see Chandler nets 20-fold return on blogads. Way to go Henry!

Jason takes a stab at a way to rank blogs

Social Networking
The Difference Between Communities and Networks: Ross Mayfield delivers a simple framework to explain the difference between online communities and social networks.

Detecting Patterns in Complex Social Networks and a gallery of network images. Also see related Slashdot discussion.

Social software for children: Reflections and a link to download an ETech presentation by Foe Romeo, a product developer working at the BBC. She asks: “How can we ensure children’s safety while letting them have expressive identities in social software?”

Echo Chambers: We not sure what’s more interesting here. Shelley’s original post, Joi’s repsonse, or the comments to both posts. Shelley’s key question is worth thinking about:

"Do you write to be part of a community? Or do you write to write, and the community part either happens, or doesn’t? Depending on where you’re at within this space can influence your writing. If community causes you to alter your writing--not to say something you think should be said, or to write a certain way to get attention--then you are betraying yourself as a writer. Worse. Lose yourself enough in the community and you’ll start to do what I did: embed a tiny demand for reassurance and approval in everything you write, until you exhaust both yourself and everyone who reads you."

Coupla RSS Tidbits
Yahoo adds Election coverage RSS feed (Subscribe)
Rolling Stone has RSS feeds too, but the feeds haven’t been updated since we subscribed more than a month ago. Wonder if their feeds are tied to their monthly publication schedule.

Posted on Feb 18, 2004 | 9:54 am EST

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