Monthly Archives: December 2007

Review: Yoosk?

Yoosk.com
What do they say it is?

Yoosk is a news interplay magazine and community where you, the members are the reporters. Put your questions directly to politicians and celebrities and watch those questions gain support as other Yoosk members vote for them. Our pledge to you is that any question which reaches 100 votes will be submitted by us to the person involved and we will do our best to get an answer” Continue reading

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Review: ScribbleSheet (by Darcy Vergara)

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What do they say it is?

ScribbleSheet is about people expressing their opinions. It’s for people who have something to say but do not have the time to maintain a blog, or a job at their local newspaper. These opinions go unheard. ScribbleSheet wants to give everyday citizen journalism a home by making writing an article as simple as composing an email. Continue reading

Three lessons about Twitter/microblogging

Amy Gahran is learning about microblogging the Total Community Coverage in Cyberspace (some interesting reflections – well worth reading), which gave me a perfect reminder to finally publish a post I wrote in draft form a month or so back. So, for what it’s worth, here are three lessons I’ve learned about Twittering:

  1. Keep to a niche. If blogs are about niches, microblogging is about microniches. If you’re expecting people to put up with constant updates it’s got to be very specific. So, think Madeleine McCann, not ‘news headlines‘.
  2. Link to mobile-friendly pages if you can. When I get my Twitter updates from Press Gazette on my mobile phone and ‘click’ on the link, I get a very large designed-for-the-monitor page that I have to scroll down and across to read. I long ago stopped clicking on those links. If you’re giving tasters of your stories to people who may be viewing on their phones, you’re going to frustrate them if the full linked-to versions don’t use liquid designs or mobile stylesheets.
  3. Be part of the conversation. Martin Stabe has 114 followers; the publication he writes for has 66. Maybe it’s because Martin follows 92 other twitterers, whereas his publication (yes, Press Gazette again) only follows two (both members of staff).

Are these the ten most popular journalism bloggers in America?

Inspired by Martin Belam’s extensive charts of popular RSS feeds, and Adrian Monck’s list of popular UK journalism bloggers, I’ve grabbed the baton and produced a chart of the top ten American journo-bloggers, based on combined subscriptions via Google Reader and Bloglines:

  1. BuzzMachine (Jeff Jarvis) – 2621
  2. PressThink (Jay Rosen) – 1670*
  3. Social Media (JD Lasica) – 1642
  4. Adrian Holovaty – 1257
  5. Dan Gillmor – 1112
  6. Teaching Online Journalism (Mindy McAdams) – 668
  7. First Draft by Tim Porter – 461
  8. Journerdism (Will Sullivan) – 299
  9. Rob Curley – 268
  10. Steve Yelvington – 256

Not included are Susan Mernit (712), or the various Poynter, OJR and Cyberjournalist sites, which are set up as news services more than blogs. Continue reading

Review: Fora.tv

What do they say it is?

FORA.tv delivers discourse, discussions and debates on the world’s most interesting political, social and cultural issues, and enables viewers to join the conversation. It provides deep, unfiltered content, tools for self-expression and a place for the interactive community to gather online(…) enables a new, global media opportunity by aggregating a daily range of events, produced and electronically shipped by institutions or freelance producers, from around the world.”

What do we say it is?

A top I.Q. multimedia soapbox, where we can find the ideas of “poets, authors, policy experts, activists, madmen, government leaders, visionary thinkers”. A showroom for brilliance and discussion, in various topics from health to religion, from politics to arts. Video is privileged. Continue reading

Review: iNorden

iNorden

What do they say it is?

iNorden.org is a joint Nordic citizen journalism initiative inviting bloggers, writers, aspiring and experienced journalists to contribute in the creation of a Nordic news portal.”

What do we say it is?

iNorden is yet another citJ experiment. The difference here is that it’s driven by a sort of pan-Scandinavian post-nationalism rather than profit. Continue reading