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December 19, 2004

A Journalism Giant Retires

Bill MoyersBill Moyers has completedhis last episode of NOW with Bill Moyers, a PBS program that looked in depth at critical issues.

Moyers is a hero in journalism. He's not always right, but he's been asking the tough questions.

He's been especially tough on the press, which in many ways has abdicated its public trust in recent years. We need more voices like his, not fewer.

Posted by Dan Gillmor at 11:15 AM | Comments (0)

Citizen Journalism: A Newspaper Goes for It

As Jay Rosen explains in his latest PressThink article, the local paper in Greensboro, N.C., is turning its online self into a community square. Bravo. This is a big deal.

And as Ed Cone observes -- Ed is a blogger of note and columnist for the paper -- this isn't exactly rocket science. Anyone can do it. Almost every newspaper should try.

Posted by Dan Gillmor at 02:38 AM | Comments (0)

December 15, 2004

Comments problems

Several folks have told me they can't post comments lately. We're looking into the situation. Sorry about that.

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December 14, 2004

A Citizen Journalism Project

As noted hereon my SiliconValley.com blog, I'm leaving the Mercury News to work on a grassroots journalism project. Scary and thrilling at the same time.

At a Harvard University conference where I spoke last week, the folks from Korea's amazing OhmyNews, one of my inspirations in this project (and covered at some length in the book), interviewed me about the project. You'll note there aren't many details yet, but I hope to say much more soon.

Posted by Dan Gillmor at 06:26 PM | Comments (0)

December 03, 2004

Book Notes

Several items of note:

  • Patrick Frey, whose right-of-center Patterico's Pontifications blog has been a useful thorn in the side of the Los Angeles Times, has posted a kind and thoughtful review of We the Media. (He disagrees, in a separate posting, with one particular line in the book.)

  • The Financial Times ran a long article this week about my book and a related book by a British journalist. I can't point to the piece, by Alan Cane, because it's behind a subscription wall. But it's a deep look at some the big issues facing journalism.

    Interestingly, Frey's piece comes on the day when we learned that the LA Times is closing its national print edition, citing the Internet as a good enough way to reach readers outside the LA metro area.

    I also got an email this morning from Phil Shapiro, noting a (relatively) long-ago conversation he had with a Washington Post reporter. Journalism is changing, he observes.

    Posted by Dan Gillmor at 05:08 AM | Comments (0)

    December 02, 2004

    Words You Can't Write on Microsoft Blogs

    Microsoft launched its MSN Spaces blogware product today, an event noteworthy only in that it stamps our favorite monopolist's approval on the genre. But the rules of the road for these Web writings are distinctly nanny-ish, as BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin hilariously reports.

    This will make Microsoft an object of derision in the blogosphere. Better to do it right, and let people say what they want to say.

    Posted by Dan Gillmor at 09:23 AM | Comments (0)

    Newspaper Goes for Reader-Written Blogs

  • Loic Le Meur: Le Monde puts reader-bloggers at the same level as journalists. Le Monde is one of the first newspapers in the World to offer blogs to their readers, under the Le Monde brand. They have also published a ranking of the 10 top blogs, mixing their journalists blogs and their readers blogs, showing them at the same level, based on blog readers recommendations.
  • Fascinating move. I hope it succeeds.

    Posted by Dan Gillmor at 08:43 AM | Comments (0)


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