Monthly Archives: November 2005

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Is the British blogosphere lagging behind?

[Keyword: ]. That’s the question posed by Paul Berger at the OJR. Up till now, the answer has been a definite “yes”, but Berger notes “the British blogosphere’s first scalp” in the resignation of Guardian reporter Dilpazier Aslam after a number of blogs revealed that he was a member of a radical Islamist political party, Hizb ut-Tahrir.

“It wasn’t until the uproar created by the British blogs that the Guardian suddenly found his affiliation incompatible with his position at the newspaper. When asked to choose between the paper and the party, Aslam chose the latter, leaving on July 22.”

However, “It is perhaps indicative of the limited influence of the British blogosphere that its first and only scalp was that of a trainee reporter.”

Berger goes on to make an excellent comparison between the US and UK media climates and the various reasons why the blog climates differ.

How to fund good online journalism?

[Keyword: ]. That’s the question being posed by former Financial Times reporter and Silicon Valley Watcher founder Tom Foremski, who, according to Editors Weblog:

notes that most Internet advertising is not working as well as it could be and not well enough to support online journalism that is theoretically going to replace or complement traditional journalism. So Foremski has decided to do something about it... Some of his ideas as of now include junking website banner ads and filling the empty space with lists of headlines from PR firms or advertisers. More are certain to develop with time.

CNET goes all fancy and broadband, like

[Keyword: ]. Poynter is marvelling at some of the design ideas at CNET’s broadband-version news site, and eye-popping it is. In addition to the ‘current top stories’ map they focus on (see above) there’s also a cute ‘related stories’ element (see screengrab below – click for larger version) which seems to be trying to hard to do a simple job, but then I’m not complaining.