Category Archives: Blogosphere

Alltop: aggregation without the aggravation

There are several ways for journalists, journalism students, journalism educators and journalism consumers to stay on top of what they want from the world wide web. You can surf. You can search. You can subscribe. . You can customise, depending on your interests. You can scan, using an aggregator. Etc. The indefatigable Guy Kawasaki has…

For Modi, like Bush, either you’re with us, or…

Sagarika Ghose writes that in the “opposition-free environment” of Gujarat, it is the media that is the only opposition to the alpha-male of Gujarati asmita, Narendra Modi. And like the masses he lords over, he has ensured that there is a sharp polarisation among the messages carrying his word to them. Those who sing in…

‘Gentlemen, thank you for coming out’

He is the one-man army targetting Capitol Hill from his apartment in North West Wasshington, D.C. His technique has been called “odious”, “outrageous” and “over the line”. To some he is a hero, a muckraker; to others, he is a pariah. Some say receiving a call from him is like receiving a call from Satan…

‘Blogging helps journos understand readers’

Should newspaper websites have blogs? Should newspaper reporters and editors blog? Does it help? For all three questions, Ray Hartley‘s answer is, yes. Hartley, editor of the recently launched South African newspaper, The Times, blogged even while the newspaper was taking shape. Now, in an interview with the African Press Network, he says, blogging helps…

Can bloggers be considered as reporters? Yes.

Who is a reporter? Are only those who work for a newspaper, magazine, TV or radio station, have an ID card, and draw a monthly cheque reporters? Can bloggers, sitting at home in their shorts with their modem by their side, be considered as reporters? Yes, says Howard Owens. “To me, a reporter means a…

How blogging cost a Nepali reporter his job

When Krishna Dhungana, a reporter with the Nepali tabloid Naya Patrika began blogging for mysansar.com, he thought he would get on to the platform of personal publishing that has captivated millions around the world. Till… Till he wrote a piece called “Constituent Assembly and White Wine.” Dhungana was fired, and a colleague told him that…

Five ways to make your blog buzz

There is advice, and then there is advice. When it comes to blogs, there is still some more advice. Howard Owens has five of them on what makes blogs work. Post often Post irregularly Stay on topic Post chronologically Engage in conversation Read the full article here: What we’ve learned from blogs Also read: Your…

‘What is free is actually costing us a fortune’

Proponents of user-generated content, participatory journalism, social networking, citizen journalism and all the rest can’t stop talking of the “democratisation of the media”. We are, we are told, being given more information, more perspectives, more opinions, more everything—and most of it without filters or fees. But in a powerful and provocative new book, The Cult…

‘Criticism should not be a democratic activity’

Circulation, revenue and imagination-challenged newspapers and magazines are turning their publications into playgrounds for readers. Reader generated text, photographs and video, polls, blogs, talkbacks, social networking are all being added and heralded as the possible manna from user-generated heaven. Short of setting her own crossword clues, the reader can do just about anything. All this…

Working in your shorts, the dog by your side

Indonesia is in many ways like India. The internet is slow and expensive. Proficiency in the English language isn’t quite at its optimum. Working full time at a desk in an office is seen to be the honourable thing to do. But none of those hurdles have stopped Budi Putra,¬† 34, from quitting his job…

In print, only your mom reads your byline…

Indian media houses, especially print organisations, are still to get used to focus groups, surveys, interactions, etc, as a means of making our journalism more engaging and relevant to the reader. In Britain, The Daily Telegraph¬† recently invited some bloggers and readers to come and meet the journalists, and Ben Fenton writes he now realises…

Wanted: Researchers for global citizen journalism

Oh My News, the pioneering South Korean citizen journalism initiative, has launched a collaborative, open source research into independent citizen journalism web sites around the world. It wants international citizen reporters to conduct interviews with founders of such sites, some of whom will be invited to the 3rd International Citizen Reporters’ Forum to be held…

The five principles of citizen journalism

Dan Gillmor‘s Center for Citizen Media has just outlined the five Principles of Citizen Journalism. It’s an attempt, as it says, to “detail the bedrock foundations of journalism to help citizen reporters grasp the fundamentals of the craft in a networked age.” The principles are: Accuracy, Thoroughness, Fairness, Transparency and Independence. “We’re not saying that…

Those who can, blog. Those who can’t…?

Blogs are here, there, everywhere. They have been called narcissistic exercises, echo-chambers of the unemployed, and worse. Indian journalists are not alone in being sceptical of its power to shape and influence society. Till you hear the amazing story of Talking Points Memo. The bloggers used the usual tools of good journalists everywhere—determination, insight, ingenuity—plus…