Wednesday, March 26, 2008

MediaWatch 26 March 08

The Clear Channel Communications radio deal may very well collapse, as the banks involved are reportedly apprehensive about going through with it [New York Times & Associated Press.] Clear Channel, which owns 1,200 of the most powerful and dominant FM and AM stations in the U-S, may sue to force the banks' hands, according to Reuters. & Media Daily News...

Following the race for the U-S Presidency? Take a read of "Just How Did John McCain Obtain What He Has in the Bank with the Press? " via Pressthink blog. This is one you may want to print out!

Maktoobblog.com, one of the most popular Arab blogging platforms, has been recently blocked in Yemen cutting off Yemeni Internet users from the more than 46960 blogs the service hosts. According to MaktoobBlog, there are currently 1226 Yemeni blogs hosted by the service. All of them disappeared from the Yemeni Internet.

Want to get the Cuban blogosphere talking? Block access to a popular blog.

Dan Gillmor blogs "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..." (continued)

Lotta Holmström has been "back in action" posting a variety of insightful articles on Citizen Media Watch. One of my favourites is entitled Personal transparency, the eleventh change for journalists and here's a snippet:
As a consequence of blogs, wikis and citizen media sites becoming more important sources of information for the general public, I think we’ll see a new awareness of the importance of trust, and knowing who your source of information is. Bloggers are often open about what their views are and who they are affiliated with. If they’re not, you bet someone else will find out and make it public.

I am convinced this openness will be demanded of journalists as well. You might not need to reveal details about your private life, but you will need to give your readers/viewers/listeners an idea och what you represent. This is an important distinction, since for instance journalists working with sensitive information, infiltrating or walraffing will need to remain fairly anonymous when it comes to for instance how they look and sometimes even what their names are in order to do their job well. But they can still build up trust. Swedish blogger Beta Alfa is a good example that you do not need to reveal your real name in order to achieve this. Being open about your affiliations, for instance, and anything else that might influence or be suspected to influence your work, is a good start. Also simple things like providing a list of links to what you’ve written before on a subject.
I call this personal transparency.
Be sure to read the complete article. The new "openness" Lotta speaks of doesn't just apply to bloggers and journalists: it cuts across many professions, many walks of life. Take politics for example. Look at the "new transparency" touted by NY Governor David Paterson.

Wealthy consumers are using social networking sites online, according to a research brief filed in Media Post.com.

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