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Global Voices Needs Our Help

In this season for giving, let me point you to Global Voices Online, which aggregates blogs and other citizen-based media from around the globe. GV, a non-profit organization (I’m an advisor), has been supported in recent years with foundation grants, but it needs wider support. I’ve sent some funds, and hope you will consider doing [...]

We Magazine Launches

Here’s Volume 01, which contains interviews with several friends and colleagues including Joi Ito, Ethan Zuckerman and Henry Jenkins. Take a look.

Highway Africa, Sept. 8-10

I’m honored to be giving a keynote talk at Highway Africa, which has become the biggest annual gathering of African journalists and has a strong element of how technology is changing journalism. A key theme this year is citizen journalism. The conference has some scholarships available for working journalists. A link to the application is [...]

Where Did "Citizen Journalist" Come From?

I had a call last week from a researcher for a big-name journalist, asking a question about the expression “citizen journalist”: I am primarily interested in finding who coined this term and when it entered the mainstream media. If you are not sure of the exact timing of the coinage, I am still interested in [...]

Sustainability in Citizen Media

In a brief but illuminating email thread leading up to a small conference on Friday in LA, we’re looking at key questions about citizen media’s future. One, obviously, is sustainability, which we all agree is key. Another participant in the discussion asked: WHY do we need to expect individual initiatives to be sustainable? Is there [...]

A Small Breakthrough as Dallas Paper Asks Readers' Help on JFK Assassination Documents

UPDATED The Dallas Morning News implores its readers, “Help us examine the lost JFK files.” Why? Given the volume, we haven’t been able to review most of the files. That’s why were calling on you. Here’s your chance to review never-seen-before materials related to the JFK assassination. This is a breakthrough in the traditional media [...]

Calling Student Bloggers

UPDATED AP: Media barred from covering Rove speech at prep school. The media have been barred from covering a speech by former presidential adviser Karl Rove to students at a prestigious prep school on Monday. Please, please, Choate students — blog it. Be the media. Don’t let Rove or your administration get away with this. [...]

Capturing a Moment, but Not a Life

NY TImes: Putting Candidates Under the Videoscope. (T)he embeds have changed the dynamic of this year’s election, making every unplugged and unscripted moment on the campaign trail available for all to see. One particular video shot of American flags tilting over behind Hillary Rodham Clinton last November has been viewed more than 300,000 times on [...]

Needed: Regulation to Prevent Journalists-Turned-Professors from Embarrassing Themselves

It’s hard to know where to begin in responding to David Hazinski’s “Unfettered ‘citizen journalism’ too risky,” an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he calls for regulation of citizen journalism: Supporters of “citizen journalism” argue it provides independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media don’t provide. While it has its place, the reality [...]

Transcripts of Congressional Hearings Available in More Timely Way

Dan Froomkin urges, “Citizen Journalists, Start Your Engines!” Without any fanfare, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has started posting preliminary transcripts of many of its hearings on its Web site, giving everyone a chance to pore through testimony and find news the MSM may have overlooked. This a great step forward, and props [...]