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Citizen Media Business Issues: Traffic Rankings, Search Engines, and Search Engine Optimization

(This is the seventeenth 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, […]

Journalism and Location

I’ll be speaking at the Where 2.0 conference next month in San Jose, about journalists are using, and can use, location-related products and services. The talk is called Where Does Journalism Go? You can get a 25 percent discount by using this code — whr09rdr — when registering.

ProPublica Invites the Public's Help

ProPublica has launched the citizen-journalism portion of its operation, or at least the first iteration. By posting The Obama Team’s Disclosure Documents and asking readers to help figure out any potential conflicts of interest or other facts that are worth knowing, the site is doing what newspapers could have been doing years ago but haven’t […]

Location, Location

Combining mobility, time and location is becoming one of the most valuable techniques of media creation. Last week, some students and I did a small experiment that demonstrates how easy this is to do, and suggests all kinds of possibilities for journalistic follow-ups. This Flickr map has more than 120 photos, taken by me and […]

Keeping Track of Government Web Page Changes

Nice: ProPublica is launching ChangeTracker — “an experimental new tool that watches pages on, and so you don’t have to. When the White House adds or deletes anything— say a blog post, or executive order—ChangeTracker will let you know.” The site leverages Versionista, a service that monitors sites for edits. This is […]

Obama Starts to Follow Through on Transparency

Washington Post: New Obama Orders on Transparency, FOIA Requests. In a move that pleased good government groups and some journalists, President Obama issued new orders today designed to improve the federal government’s openness and transparency. The first memo instructs all agencies and departments to “adopt a presumption in favor” of Freedom of Information Act requests, […] Glimmerings of a New Transparency

Jason Kottke notes the new robots.txt file at — down to a single “disallow” from more than 2,400 yesterday.

Reporter Solicits Sources Via Twitter

If you work at Yahoo and just got laid off, Om Malik wants to hear from you — and he posted that request on Twitter.

NY Times Continues to Push Old-Media Boundaries

UPDATED Two interesting developments today at the New York Times online: The first, and most noteworthy, is the paper’s welcome discovery that aggregation of and links to things it didn’t produce in-house improve the audience experience. As the graphic shows, the green-highlighted items below the story summaries are links to coverage in other media — […]

Opening the Government, Starting with the Transition

I’m a signer of a letter on a new site called “An Open Transition,” where a group of folks led by Larry Lessig: celebrates the incoming administration’s decision to put a Creative Commons license on its Change.Gov transition website, thereby allowing anyone to share, remix and otherwise reuse and copy the material there; and asks […]