Monthly Archives: November 2005

Online Journalism Blog mailing list

For some reason the mailing list for this blog ( has stopped working (it’s the same for sister blogs Interactive PR and Web and New Media), so – off to Google Groups I’ve gone. If you want to sign up for email updates when new messages are posted register at

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.

Ten years of Salon

[Keyword: ]. That rare thing, a survivor of the dotcom boom and bust, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year – and there’s a great article all about it at – it seems funny to me that in order to get to that page I had to ‘watch’ one ad (ie. let it run while I went and did something else), skip another, and refuse to take part in an online survey. The things people have to do to make money…

2005 Online Journalism Awards – Finalists

[Keyword: ]. The ONA has announced the finalists of its online journalism awards. No best student website nominees. Tut tut. The nominees are copied and listed below.

General Excellence in Online Journalism (Large)

• BBC News,
• CNN,
• The New York Times,
• Nova Online,

General Excellence in Online Journalism (Medium)

• CBS 2 Chicago,
• New York Newsday,
• Frontline/World,
• Spokesman Review,

General Excellence in Online Journalism (Small)

• Bluffton Today,
• Congressional Quarterly,
• Online Athens,
• New West,
• Center for Public Integrity,

Breaking News (Large)

• “Asia’s Deadly Waves,” New York Times,
• “Laguna Landslide,” Orange County Register,
• “Hurricanes of 2004,” Orlando Sentinel,
• “Storm 2004 Hurricane Coverage,” Palm Beach Post,
• “Tsunami Coverage,” Washington Post,

Breaking News (Small)

• “BTK Serial Killer Confesses,”,
• “Microsoft to Gut Longhorn,” Microsoft Watch,,2180,1640183,00.asp
• “Local Floods,” Middletown NY Times Herald-Record,
• “McGowan Family Tragedy,” The Palm Springs Desert Sun,

Online Commentary (Large)

• “Shooting from the Heart” by David Kuo, Beliefnet,
• “Human Nature” by William Saletan, Slate Magazine,
• “Ad Report Card” by Seth Stevenson, Slate Magazine,
• “Kausfiles” by Mickey Kaus, Slate Magazine,;26457&dto=06/30/05&dfrom=07/01/04
• “Page 2,” ESPN,
• “Media Hack” by Adam Penenberg,,,2339,1295,00.html

Online Commentary (Medium)

• Chas Rich, “NEO Babble Blog,”
• Al Mascitti, The Delaware News Journal,
• Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher,
• “ blogs,”
• Mark Fiore’s Animated Political Cartoons,

Online Commentary (Small)

• “Good Morning Silicon Valley,” John Paczkowski,
• “The Business Electric,” Arthur O’Donnell, Energy Pulse

• “Purely Academic,” Terry Caesar,
• “Arts:OpEd,” Bill Marx,

Outstanding Use of Multiple Media (Large)

• “Class Matters,” New York Times,
• “C.R.O.P Up Close: Donovan State Prison,” San Diego Union Tribune,
• “A Husband for Vibha,” St. Petersburg Times,
• “25 years in Hip Hop,” Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel,,0,3806040.flash
• “AIDS in Africa: A Turning Point,” Toronto Globe and Mail,

Outstanding Use of Multiple Media (Small)

• “Mission to Mante,” Boulder Daily Camera,
• “Hip-Hop at 30,” New York Newsday,
• “State of the Hudson, Poughkeepsie Journal,
• “My House, My Shack,”,

Specialty Journalism (Large)

• The Chronicle of Higher Education,
• Computer World,
• ESPN Insider,
• “OC Varsity,” Orange County Register,

Specialty (Small)

• “Heritage and Culture,”,
• Fashion Week, New York Newsday,
• ContentNext Media:,
• “Speaking of Faith,” American Public Media,

Service journalism (Large)

• “Borrower Beware,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
• “Get Schooled education blog,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
• “My Favorite Teacher, Philadelphia Inquirer,
• “Your Right to Know,” Journal News,

Service Journalism (Small)

• “Unsafe Haven, The Crisis in Home Health Care,” Winston-Salem Journal,
• “Living Through Windows…Alzheimer’s Disease,” Grand Island Independent,

Enterprise Journalism (Large)

• “In Harm’s Way,” Houston Chronicle,
• “Murder in Room 103,” Court TV,
• “Echo Company,” Knight Ridder,
• “Dot-con Job,” Seattle Times,
• “What is Torture?” Slate Magazine,

Enterprise (Small)

• “Beyond Borders,” San Bernardino Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin,
• “Sex, Money and Meth Addiction,” New West,
• “Outsourcing the Pentagon,” Center for Public Integrity,
• “The Attack at the Silk Forest Plant,” Winston Salem Journal,

Best student website

• No finalists

Student Journalism

• “Hartman Murder Files,” University of Alaska Fairbanks,
• “Crossing Borders,” Arizona State University,
• “Global Messengers,” University of North Carolina,