Accountability is not part of Silicon Valley’s culture. But surely as news moves beyond paper and publisher, it must become so. For a decade or more, news organisations have been obeisant to the power of corporate technology, nodding and genuflecting at the latest improbably impressive magic. But their editorial processes have something to offer technologists too.
Ferguson is about many things, starting first with race and policing in America.
But it’s also about internet, net neutrality and algorithmic filtering. It’s a clear example of why “saving the Internet”, as it often phrased, is not an abstract issue of concern only to nerds, Silicon Valley bosses, and few NGOs. It’s why “algorithmic filtering” is not a vague concern.
It’s a clear example why net neutrality is a human rights issue; a free speech issue; and an issue of the voiceless being heard, on their own terms.
I used to think reporting for a blog was Journalism Lite. A few bloggers emerged as leaders, including Andrew Sullivan, Anna Holmes, Nate Silver and Matt Drudge. I assumed other bloggers were Quixotic writers recording their streams of consciousness for nonexistent audiences. Why on earth would anyone waste their time?
Now that I’ve spent two-and-a-half years writing an education blog for public media reporting collaboration StateImpact Indiana, I can’t imagine a better, more relevant way for a reporter to own a beat. Nor is there any better way for an aspiring beat reporter to learn the trade — I’m looking at you, J-schoolers.
MJ Bear fellow Kyle Stokes shares six tips for aspiring bloggers in How To Start A Blog: The Kick In The Pants I Wish I Had In College.
The Online News Association is now accepting entries for the 2014 Online Journalism Awards, which honor excellence in digital journalism.
Ten of the 33 awards now come with $52,500 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation and The University of Florida, which is funding $15,000 for two new awards for excellence in data journalism. These awards honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, technical innovation and general excellence.
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