Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Editors Weblog: Hyperlinking could change the writing styles of newspaper journalists

Interesting post on the Editors Weblog about the effect of hyperlinking on the style of newspaper articles.

"... if newspapers build background information pages to major stories complete with archives, infographics and video to which their journalists can link instead of having them accompany each new development with background info, it might provide all types of readers with more enjoyable reading experiences. Newcomers to stories would still have access to all the history they need, whereas those already informed would save precious seconds by not having to read background they have already gone over numerous times."

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Editors Weblog: Three reasons for newspaper digital development

Editors Weblog provides three reasons newspapers should focus on digital development: growth, advertising, and journalism. In other words, survival.

Reporters Committee urges Third Circuit to recognize all citizens' rights to public records

From the Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press:

Delaware's Freedom of Information Act currently contains a "citizens only" provision that prevents people living outside the state from accessing its records. The case, Lee v. Governor of the State of Delaware, involves New York resident Matthew Lee, a freelance writer who also operates a nonprofit organization that publishes reports on business and financial matters and regulatory proceedings in Delaware. Lee successfully sued the Delaware attorney general in the U.S. District Court for Delaware, arguing that the provision is a violation of the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the U.S. Constitution, because it prevents him from pursuing the common calling of journalism within the state.

In my own home state, no less. I need to follow up on this.

The Library of Congress to build World Digital Library

From Wired News:

The Library of Congress is kicking off a campaign Tuesday to work with other nation's libraries to build a World Digital Library, starting with a $3 million donation from Google.

FEC says political Web log exempt from campaign law

From The Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press:

The Federal Election Commission recognized the partisan Web log Fired Up! as a press entity that is allowed, like journalists, to cover and comment on political candidates without their positive comments being counted as campaign expenditures.

Another effort to block the democratization of journalism thwarted.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Ok I'll bite: Why are the Republicans voting FOR the Murtha resolution?

UPDATE: This was a procedural vote - it just goes to show that even if you understand something about Congress, you practically have to have a degree in political science to understand what they do on a day-to-day basis.

Today I'm feeling like I'm suddenly too dumb to understand the news. First, I read several stories about the latest weirdness in the Plamegate story.

So I actually left the safe confines of my Tivo to go to live TV to see what the cable news networks were saying about it. I ended up on C-SPAN where the House was debating the Republican-modified Murtha resolution.

So what's my question, you ask? Why am I watching C-SPAN on a Friday night? No, that's not it. I don't understand why the Republicans are voting FOR the resolution that supports immediate troop withdrawal? Either there's some obvious reason I'm completely missing, or the world has tilted off its axis. Someone please explain!

Friday, November 11, 2005

CNN.com - Frist concerned more about leaks than secret prisons


Saturday, November 05, 2005

ABC News: Silicon Insider: Forbes Fumbles the Blogosphere

ABC News: Silicon Insider: Forbes Fumbles the Blogosphere