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Posts from ‘June, 2007’

Globalization Buzz: Monitoring the Conversation

Andrew Leonard takes a look at the World Bank’s remarkable BuzzMonitor project: BuzzMonitor purports to make ample use of state-of-the-art techniques for rating the authority, relevance and popularity of whoever is commenting on whatever. Because we don’t just want to know who is talking about us; we want to know if we should take them […]

Dell Tells Site to Take Down Posting, Then Admits Goof

Well, Dell Computer is learning about the web. See the confession at Consumerist, in which the company admits its mistake in demanding that the site take down a posting about its kiosk sales operation. Some things do change.

News Orgs: Create and link did a nice job covering last week’s conference in London, including this posting about a talk I gave there.

Job Available at U-Maryland J-Lab

The Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism is looking to fill the new position of Assistant Director, a key position in a small grant-funded center. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Executive Director in producing all of the center’s training activities, editing and writing for […]

A Better Potential Bidder for Dow Jones

UPDATED NY Times: G.E. and Pearson Are Said to Study Bid for Dow Jones. The General Electric Company, the parent of NBC, and Pearson, the publisher of The Financial Times, are exploring a joint bid for Dow Jones & Company to rival an offer made by the News Corporation, people familiar with the talks said […]

Researching Businesses Via the Web

Check out this Tutorial, “a step-by-step process for finding free company and industry information on the World Wide Web.” I looked through it and it’s quite good.

Amateurish Pro Journalism Promotes Dishonest Book

It’s disappointing to see the new book, “Cult of the Amateur,” getting so much attention from media organizations — but sadly not surprising. As noted here and elsewhere, the book is rife with falsehoods and misrepresentations, but journalists aren’t bothering to do any homework. As they do so often, they just conduct interviews, giving a […]

Unfortunate Advertising at TPMmuckraker

The advertisement at the top of a story this morning on held out the promise of a “Free Apple iPhone.” I had to turn off the audio come-on that launched when I loaded the page, which was annoying enough. But that’s not why I note this ad, or why Joshua Micah Marshall, proprietor of […]

"Insider" Coverage of Presidential Campaign

That’s the promise of so-called ‘Campaign Embeds’ From National Journal, NBC: dedicated video-journalists, each of whom will serve as their own mobile campaign bureaus (reporter, producer, cameraperson and blogger), armed with the latest technology for both video and text. The “Decision 2008” campaign reporters will also provide viewers and readers with behind-the-scenes coverage and unprecedented […]

Media Transparency, or Lack Thereof

The The International Center for Media and the Public Agenda has released a fascinating and valuable study of transparency at 25 major journalism organizations with global or otherwise widespread audiences: A majority of the public believes the media can’t be trusted. Which global news sites are most transparent about their operations? Not necessarily the ones […]