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Politics online and the citizen bloggers

A blogger can freely support a politician or a cause, while journalists (other than columnists) are cautioned never to take sides. But is there a conflict of interest for bloggers who receive financial support from the people they write about? What are the rules in this medium? The Center for Democracy and Technology has produced […]

Communication Arts Interactive Annual 12

Ah, fall — and time for the big fat annual honoring the best interactive design of the past year (from the graphic arts perspective). I have all 12 of these sumptuous periodicals. But if you’re not overfond of the lucious scents of the highest quality paper and inks, you can experience the winners online (which […]

Information architecture, or interaction design?

A very nice (and informational) interview with information architect and interaction designer Donna Maurer, at the Web Standards Group site. Information architecture projects need: skills in organising content — figuring out how to put it together in ways to help people find what they need. Interaction design projects need people with the ability to understand […]

Newspapers as social networks

Ross Mayfield, writing at the Telegraph blog usually manned by Shane Richmond, has an excellent post about this today. One framework I suggest for thinking through strategic options begins with a question. What area of coverage is desired by your (former) readers, but is too expensive to provide? If you are open to sharing control […]

How many ‘Facebooks’?

The New York Times reported that Facebook “is preparing to open its membership to everyone.” As a college professor, I’m aware of how much time many students spend on Facebook. (Let’s just say, lots.) Many students also spend hours a day on MySpace. Both of these sites have gotten plenty of press, so you don’t […]

International reporting fellowships

Three months studying and working on international issues. That’s eight weeks in Washington and five weeks abroad. Journalists interested in health issues are particularly welcome this year. “Open to any U.S. journalist with at least three years of professional journalistic experience in any medium. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens who are working […]

Record of Americans killed in Iraq, Afghanistan

When The Washington Post first put this multimedia package online, it did not have a robust database behind it. Now it does. Faces of the Fallen You can sort the records by age, year of death, home state, or military branch. The advanced search enables you to search by last name or hometown, among other […]