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Posts from ‘September, 2007’

A Common Traveler Tale: High Cost Net Access

My frequent travels expose me to a common problem: high-cost Internet access away from home. This is not a serious issue in the U.S., where I have a T-Mobile hotspot account and find no-extra-charge Wi-Fi connections in many hotels and other venues. Outside the U.S., this is not how it tends to work. Outrageously so, […]

Citizen Media from Burma

UPDATED SF Chronicle: Bloggers in Burma keep world informed during military crackdown. Dodging a deadly military crackdown that has killed at least nine protesters, Burmese bloggers are on the front lines, providing news and photos of death and insurrection. It’s more than bloggers, of course, but let’s go ahead and use that word as a […]

On the Road

I’m heading to Chicago tomorrow and then to Russia for 10 days for sessions with journalists there. My own blogging will be somewhat limited during this period, but the site will be featuring Ryan McGrady’s continuing series on business issues in citizen media.

When Oligopolists Interfere with Free Speech

UPDATED NY Times: Verizon Reverses Itself on Abortion Rights Messages. Saying it had the right to block “controversial or unsavory” text messages, Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon’s mobile network available for a text-message program. But the company reversed course this morning, saying it […]

Citizen Media Business Issues: An Outline

(This is the first in a series of postings about citizen media business issues. See the introduction here. All of these entries are considered to be in “beta” and will be revised and refined as they find a home on a more permanent area of the Center for Citizen Media web site.   To that end, […]

Making a Business of Citizen Media

Good news: We’re about to launch a first in a series of postings about citizen media as a business. Specifically, we’ll be exploring possible business models for citizen journalism and the processes surrounding the creation of a website. The principal researcher and writer for this project is Ryan McGrady, a new media graduate student at […]

Help Investigate Slippery Congressional Favors

You can do your part at Bringing Citizen Oversight to Congressional Spending: Here’s your chance to investigate earmarks–those spending measures inserted by members of Congress into bills that direct taxpayer dollars to their pet projects. Are members using earmarks to meet pressing needs? Reward political supporters? Are they good public policy, or vehicles for […]

NY Times and MoveOn Ad: Violation of Policy

Clark Hoyt (NY Times Public Editor): Betraying Its Own Best Interests. I think the ad violated The Times’s own written standards, and the paper now says that the advertiser got a price break it was not entitled to. So, the paper may well have cut MoveOn a special deal (though if you read Hoyt’s piece […]

Speaking Tuesday at Arizona State University

I’m giving a public talk on Tuesday at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. That’s in Tempe, just outside of Phoenix.

Entrepreneurial Journalism Supported at CUNY

Jeff Jarvis, who runs the new media program at City University of New York, reports the great news of new support for journalistic entrepreneurialism & innovation: a $100,000, two-year grant from the McCormick Tribune Foundation to provide seed funding to news start-ups developed by students in my course in entrepreneurial journalism at CUNY’s Graduate School […]