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Posts from ‘November, 2007’

Meanwhile, Solid Reporting from NY Times

The New York Times, eschewing bogus journalism, takes on the raft of falsehoods Rudy Guiliani has been peddling to sell his presidential candidacy — and does it without the standard he-said, she-said mincing of words. In “Citing Statistics, Giuliani Misses Time and Again,” reporter Michael Cooper cites “facts” that are incomplete, exaggerated or just plain […]

On Klein's Errors, Time's Semi-Stonewall and the Net's Power

The furor surrounding Joe Klein’s misguided column of a week ago continues, incredibly, given Klein’s bizarre insistence on digging the hole deeper instead of forthrightly acknowledging error(s) and moving on. But this is not just about a columnist’s mistakes and tone-deafness. This is a debacle for the publication and company that employs him, because Time […]

Why Facebook Won't Be Uber-Network

Cory Doctorow has a very smart analysis in Information Week about why he doesn’t fear Facebook taking over the world. Quote: Every “social networking service” has had this problem and every user I’ve spoken to has been frustrated by it. I think that’s why these services are so volatile: why we’re so willing to flee […]

NewsTrust Wins MacArthur Grant

I’m an advisor to NewsTrust, a site where people rate news articles and blog postings for accuracy and quality. So I’m happy to report that the site just was awarded a substantial grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Fabrice Florin and his team have done amazing work to bring the service this far. Now they’ll have […]

Humor: 'Rules' of Journalism

“Jon Swift” offers Journalism 101, a sarcastic, clever set of rules for journalists. Funny stuff….

More Lessons from a Citizen Media Failure

Steve Outing offers “An Important Lesson About Grassroots Media” — a chronicle of the demise of his company, the Enthusiast Group, which created sports sites. He gave it his best effort, but in the end, as he explains, he and his colleagues couldn’t sustain a business. Steve’s venture (I was an early investor) was one […]

Traditional Reporters v Bloggers — Who Asks Pols Better Questions

Slate’s Trailhead column notes: You know it’s 2007 when a candidate, in this case Mike Huckabee, holds a bifurcated conference call, first with reporters, then with bloggers. I listened in on both calls to see what the differences were. The reporters’ questions were much more concise and polished. But the bloggers’ questions were more substantive […]

Shameful 'Journalism' by Time Magazine's Joe Klein

One of the most amazing episodes in modern American journalism has emerged from a flagrantly inaccurate and misguided Time magazine column by Joe Klein. He’s a political writer whose work in this case may become Exhibit A for what’s wrong with the craft today. Klein’s column attacked congressional Democrats’ effort to pass electronic surveillance legislation […]

Citizen Media Business Issues: Donations

 (This is the seventh 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, […]

Happy Thanksgiving

As an old friend once said of humanity on this best of all American holidays: We need more pilgrims and fewer turkeys.