Tuesday, August 19, 2008

MediaWatch 19 August 08

An exciting time coming for newsrooms across the land: the conventions! How many news reporters will major news organizations send to the presidential conventions? Forbes and Politico report.

In 2004, the Democratic National Convention offered press credentials to about 30 bloggers. Back then, even though the blogosphere was already burgeoning, they were treated as a sideshow. News coverage looked at these online commentators like zoo animals - showing them furiously typing away in corners of the convention hall. This time around, blogs have come of age and the Democrats are bending over backward to open the doors of Denver's Pepsi Center to bloggers for the Aug. 25-28 event. More than 120 blogs will be represented at the convention. Of course, many of the 15,000-odd traditional journalists will also be blogging on the side.[KansasCity.com has more]

Leonard Witt puts forth The Ultimate Journalism Ethical Question...

If you watch an older TV hooked up to rabbit-ear antennas and your screen goes snowy for a moment this November, replaced by a message telling you to call a toll-free number, do not be alarmed. It's not Martians. It's just the government.

You Tube's Citizen News channel has released a video promo for an upcoming citizen journalism contest. Global Voices' Juliana Rincón Parra suggests citizen journalists in communities where English isn't the native language, use voice-overs or subtitlre interviews in English (DotSub is a great service for subtitling) topossibly make your content eligible for the contest. (Juliana's complete post w/video is hErE).

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