Wednesday, March 31, 2004

A few things:
Of blogs and Wikis from Netcraft, good explanation and history if you're still unclear on the concepts....

Cable Newser a new blog covering insider news on the other news networks.

Thinking about journalism ethics? Who isn't? Some guidelines: A Statement of Principles: ASNE's Code of Ethics Online and SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists) Code of Ethics.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Don't you love this stuff?:
Here's a wonderful New Media Timeline, compiled by David Shedden of the Poynter Institute's library. It covers 1969 (ARPANet and Videotext) to 1998 (AOL buys Netscape, search engines). It's been there for a few years, but I don't remember ever seeing it before. It's always amazing to see how far we've come in such a short time...

More on the other blog.

This is something I forgot to mention earlier, for those following Iraq military deaths it could be really helpful: Iraq Coalition Casualty Report now has an RSS feed.

Sunday, March 28, 2004

A warning:
The Miami Herald's Web site is becoming a registration site in two weeks, following the trend. Several Knight-Ridder papers have already gone registration, so it's not a surprise. The question is: Will you have to register to read Herald blogs (like mine)? They tell me there's no way around it, so my blog won't be outside the registration area (like Sheila Lennon's is at the Providence Journal). Bummer. The question is: will this also affect Dave Barry's blog? Or, because his blog is one of two KR blogs (Dan Gillmor's the other) that's done in MT on a separate server, will that be immune? Stay tuned.

(This blog, of course, will not be affected.)

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Weekend update: Other things I found last week:

For once the weekend list is small, as I posted much of the stuff I came across earlier in the week.

The links....
Reference :
  • Brown v Board of Education: 50th anniversary resources from U.S. Courts.
  • Medline Plus: Over-the-counter medications links to new FDA database, news, resources.
  • 100 most mispronounced words and phrases in English.
  • Private Schools database search from Education Dept's National Center for Education Statistics.
  • The Web-Library: building a first-class reference library with Web resources. Site for a book of same name, has links to resource lists by chapter, and a blog of new resources.
  • Mapquest local search: search for a business or location. This is a beta test.
  • Search Engine Features Chart from Greg Notess, recently revised to reflect new/lost engines.
    Governments, Politics:
  • National Commission on Terrorist Attacks hearing documents.
  • 2003 Report to Congress on Combating Terrorism from OMB.
  • U.S. Agency FOIA Contacts: list from Justice Dept.
    Public Records:
  • Another County locator from NETROnline, put in town or ZIP and get county name. Or use This one, from Natl Assn of Counties.
  • NameTraq: this genealogy site complies news mentioning people; you can browse by last name. (Less-common names only).
    Business, Journalism, Statistics: no links this week

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • The Moderate Blog, by a former journalist turned ventriloquist.
  • Metele al Ordinata: have fun fixing your computer. Just click 'reparar', then click on the computer. Click a LOT.
  • Games We Play from Cornell Library, history of American pasttimes.

  • Friday, March 26, 2004

    In the political mix:
    Truth and Consequences: Center for American Progress has summarized what Bush administration knew about terrorism and al-Qaeda, and what it did. Also: Source documents.

    For quick view of what political bloggers are saying, Political Wire has new feature: Southpaws for liberal blog opinions, Wingers for conservatives.

    And, then, of course, this: Babes Against Bush "...because hot chicks hate him too."

    Noam Chomsky blogs.

    Good Company:
    Here's some news of interest to news librarians and journalist bloggers: this year the News Division of the Special Libraries Association gives one of its highest awards to two member bloggers: This blogger, and Resourceshelf's Gary Price. Isn't that a great testament to blogging!

    Thursday, March 25, 2004

    Of interest today:
    Lots of new things on The Herald blog, including some fine old Florida photo collections.

    Via Derek Willis, who's been working on this project for six months:
    The State Money Race from Center for Public Integrity, a study of state campaign financing in 2002. Florida's shows Republican Party gets twice as much as Democrats, and nearly half is from out of state.

    An Interesting Resourceshelf post on how Google didn't find important information for a news story.

    Best of Photojournalism Web entries: lots of wonderful photographs and some nice multimedia entries: Cherokee Stickball, from; Blue Ridge Parkway from

    A great new resource: Policy Almanac: links to reports, stats on various policy issues, like crime, education, social issues, foreign affairs....lots of subcategories so there is much more here than on first appearance.

    Wednesday, March 24, 2004

    Yes, it is:

    The Times prints 'the most irritating paragraph ever':

    (via Sky News.)

    Tuesday, March 23, 2004

    Friend or foe?
    A few weeks ago, librarians got steamed about Joel Achenbach's story in the Washington Post about the future of searching.
    Here's another observation, from Achenbach in the preliminary Notes to his upcoming book, The Grand Idea: George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West:
      "A final suggestion for those wishing to follow up on this story: Despite the powers of the Internet, which make it possible to find, for example, the full text of a Washington quote simply by searching for a phrase, there is nothing quite like browsing the shelves of a good library, where many fine books, too geriatric or obscure to be transferred to the digital realm, languish unread, in serious danger of being consigned to the category of lost information."

    Does that not sound like a friend of libraries to you?
    Oh yeah. And read the book when it comes out in June. If you love the Potomac area, or just want to know more, this is a wonderful story.

    This has nothing to do with the previous post:
    .....How to increase your readership, some useful thoughts from How to Save the World blog.

    Monday, March 22, 2004

    Busy day:
    Haven't had a chance to post anything, although there's a couple things on the Herald blog. But just had to post this:
    This blog is Feedster's Site of the Day today!

    Sunday, March 21, 2004

    Weekend update: Other things I found last week:

    I expected this would be a short list, as I posted several things earlier in the week, as well as on the Herald blog. But, amazing how much new good stuff shows up every week. There's quite a bit here.

    More useful links....
    Reference :
  • Raintree Tropical Plant Database
  • The rise of new immigrant gateways: report from Brookings Institution.
  • The Vietnam Project: online archives at Texas Tech.
  • Norton Anthology of English Literature has online topics with reference links, etc.
  • Pew Hispanic Center has market trends, educational survey, war poll, lots more.
  • Winged Sandals multimedia guide to Greek mythology from Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Top 100 liability jury awards of 2003 from
  • Television History
  • The Center on Wrongful Convictions at NWU, has reports, stats, and case profiles.
  • Beyond Google: PC World has a nice list of sites you can go to to find things that won't come up in Google. It starts out with technical help sites but farther down, gets into news and reference searches, public records, and lots lots more, as well as comparisons among various search engines.
  • Hotspot Finder finds wireless Internet connections for Intel laptops.
  • XPDF: downloadable software will convert PDF files into readable text (for importing into databases, e.g.). (Thanks to Derek Willis.)
    Governments, Politics:
  • Iraq on the Record: Bush administration statements on Iraq compiled for Rep. Henry Waxman. You can sort by speaker or topic, or search.
  • Portals to the World: Terrorism by country, from Library of Congress.
  • Political Advocacy Groups: a directory, organized by category.
  • Fundrace, which shows campaign contributions on a national map, now has a Neighbor Search.
    Public Records:
  • California Deaths: from state, search deaths to 2000.
  • Criminal Background Checks: Accurate? A good analysis from Virtual Chase legal Web site.
  • The State of the News Media 2004: report from Project for Excellence in Journalism (
  • NewsLab: Park Foundation/Columbia U. resource site for TV journalists.
  • Statistics on Television from Census (compiled for 50th anniversary of color TV).
  • U.S. Energy production/consumption by state (and national). from DoE.
  • Canada 411 a people finder/phone directory.
  • Via PRWatch, Disinfopedia is a Wiki-like encyclopedia of PR firms, think tanks, and spin.
  • Gas Buddy: get local gas prices nationwide.
    Florida, News: no links this week.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • Memory Blog Weblog from Memory Hole covers information releases.
  • Bark Bark Woof Woof: a relatively new blog from Miami, by 'Mustang Bobby' who says he works for Miami-Dade schools.
  • Blogpulse tracks key phrases/names used in blogs, and most popular links.
  • Satellite Radio News: a Weblog.
  • Bush's partial history: the Spokane paper finds an obscure early 70s regulation may have led to Bush flight suspension in National Guard: "human reliability"? The reporters on this story ran into several angry old airmen: ‘‘I love the guy,” Staudt said of Bush. ‘‘I'm so tired of this negative crap about him that I'd like to volunteer to build a barn and take you press guys out behind it and kick your asses.”
  • Newsday found stuff for sale on the Bush for president site that's made in Burma! (which products the administration has banned).
  • Temporary Temples: a compilation of crop circles in Britain, with a slide show of last summer's circles, and links to previous years'.

  • Friday, March 19, 2004

    War anniversary links:
    Probably everybody's doing this, but I put together the list of best victim list resources on my other blog.

    (Later): Have added quite a bit more there, too, including Persian new year links, crop circles, Mark Cuban, etc.

    I'm sure everyone is reading The USA Today analysis of Jack Kelly's stories Fascinating stuff.

    Thursday, March 18, 2004

    More juicy links today:
  • Fundrace, which shows campaign contributions on a national map, now has a Neighbor Search. Put in your address and see who your neighbors give to. My neighbor Donna Shalala gave $2000 each to John Kerry and Dick Gephardt. Hmm. You can search by name too. There are also city maps, but Miami isn't available yet. (Wonkette is already having lots of fun with this.)
  • Free news from Nexis: Campaign 2004 is a free site to read election news from Nexis' extensive archives.
  • Florida Press Club Web site has been updated with a Photo of the Week, and interesting blog-type entries.
  • Washington Monthly's Web site now displays Political Animal, a blog by Kevin Drum, late of Calpundit.

  • Some new photos:
    On my home page.

    (Amaryllis in my Miami yard; Venus over NC mountain woods.)

    Wednesday, March 17, 2004

    Lots of stuff:
    ....on the other blog, including beautiful daily photographs from Key Biscayne, St. Pat's links, war and election links, and local searching.

    But there's just too much good stuff today, so here's more:
  • In case you've missed it, SJ Merc's Dan Gillmor is writing a book called Making the News . He has put drafts of first few chapters online for review. He wants suggestions.
  • Mark Cuban has a blog. He says..."The best thing about a blog… that I get to respond to the media.

  • Is a reporter's email address anybody's business? by Mark Glaser in OJR.
  • Spam locator tool: paste the email header info into this form and it will tell you where the email came from.

  • Tuesday, March 16, 2004

    One thing:
    I found yesterday is too interesting to wait to post. The 'free encyclopedia', Wikipedia, has a Reference page on the Madrid bombings. This is a first, I think, and shows huge promise as a future breaking news resource, if Wikipedia contributors continue to do things like this.

    And later....also, Marie at Blue Ridge Blog links to Puerta del Sol Blog, which is covering the Madrid attacks and aftermath heavily. (The blog is connected to a magazine of the same name, by a British? journalist who lives in Spain, with contributors.)

    Weekend update: Other things I found last week:

    Since I failed at getting the updates done last week, these links may be a little stale. But if you didn't run into them somewhere else, there's some good stuff here. I'll be posting newer links as the week goes on.
    More useful links....

    Reference :
  • U.S. Supreme Court cites and briefs from Yale Law.
  • SchoolBug has information on 17.000 school districts and 95,000 schools.
  • Haze Gray and Underway: portal of Naval history, shipbuilding, navies and fighting ships.
  • National Park Service: Links to the Past: an incredible archive of historical information and links.
  • African American Yearbook: directory of organizations, churches, publications and radio stations. Also:
  • Hispanic Yearbook.
  • World Press Review on Haiti country profile, links to major articles in foreign press.
  • The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States: Report to the U.S. Bishops from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
  • Trackle: a new Web site from Marc Fest, will track site changes for you for a small fee.
    Governments, Politics:
  • Where the donors come from: Political MoneyLine's database of donors to House, Senate, Presidential candidates and 527 groups organized by state.
  • News Search Portal: huge page of links to all sorts of news searches, audio and image searches, RSS readers.....
  • BBC Interviews start of a huge BBC audio archive available online, this is a collection of hundreds of interviews covering the last 60 years of so.
    Public Records:
  • Arizona births, deaths from state, covers early years (births to 1928, deaths to 1953).
  • New address for KOOL: Kentucky Offender/Inmates search .
  • Miami-Dade Official Records, including images, now go back to 1974 online, starting today, and all image displays are free so you don't need to go into Premier Services to see them.
  • What Newspapers and Their Web Sites Must Do to Survive, by Vin Crosbie in OJR.
  • Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at UT Austin.
  • Top 25 cities for doing business in America from Inc. magazine. Among big cities, Atlanta is #1, Miami-Hialeah #22. West Palm Beach #5.
  • Accurint has added a "People at work" search. You can search for a person and get information about places he/she has worked. Info is not 100% accurate, and may be based on something like Eliyon Networking (free), where you put in a company name and get names of people who probably worked there. (Info here comes from Web news sites.) The Accurint search is $1 per name, and in one search I tried the info came from state corporate records.
    Statistics, Florida, People: no links this week.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • John Peter Zenger Lives is a new blog posting links to latest editorials and op-ed pieces.
  • picks up on what's happening. Latest trend: "Generation C" (for Content). Monthly email newsletter.
  • Engadget: a new gadget review blog, similar to Gizmodo (for which Engadget's writer used to write).
  • Oregon Live (the Oregonian) is blogging same-sex marriages in Multnomah County.
  • Same Sex Marriages: news and links from SF Chronicle.
  • Calvin and Hobbes Stripsearch: this site claims to be able to search all the old comic strips.

  • Monday, March 15, 2004

    More on Sunshine Sunday:
    Links via Florida Blog: Sunshine Sunday links from FSNE. More links from Joe Adams' I Dig Answers.

    Monday, and back:
    Lots of talk of public records in the Florida papers yesterday, for Sunshine Sunday. Herald editor Tom Fiedler discusses the importance of public records access in his column.
    Lesley Clark writes about continuing threats to public records access in Florida.
    And, more flak about Seisint's Matrix database and their purchase of Ohio driver records, from the AP.

    Sorry for my lack of postings last week, I thought I had it all set that I'd be able to get access when in NC. I hope from now on when I'm there things will go smoother.

    Tuesday, March 09, 2004

    Not on the Net:
    Hoped to get phone service where I am this week, but things aren't working out (the joys of rural life). So posting will be limited.
    This is too interesting to pass up: Sheila Lennon points to an E&P story about leaked Pulitzer finalist names. Among the nominees, the Providence Journal's coverage of the Station fire, which includes Sheila's Station Fire Blog. Would this be a first Pulitzer including a blog?
    Sheila laments that Pulitzers so often come from tragedy. Grand Forks won for flood coverage, The Herald for Hurricane Andrew, the NY Times for 9/11. Unfortunately Public Service is most needed then.

    Wednesday, March 03, 2004

    On the other blog:
    Postings on content creators, Marc Fest's latest, plant closings, bottle messages, and lots more.
    (Oh yeah, and why my Herald blog won't have feeds and comments like Dave's.)

    Tuesday, March 02, 2004

    Dave moves!:
    Dave Barry's blog has been moved from Blogspot to The Miami Herald Web site. I haven't yet figured out how they're doing it, but it does mean the blog now has ads, RSS/XML feeds, comments (with dozens already!) and the archives from Blogspot. I expect the comments will be humongous, as the Dave Barry Forum on the Herald Web site has been incredibly busy since it started.

    Does this mean there's hope for my Herald blog too?

    Monday, March 01, 2004

    Setting the record straight:
    Wow, it took me two days to notice I'd made a mistake in the latest Haiti links below. You know you've been in the news business too long when you find yourself automatically referring to several regimes ago. Of course, where I said "anti-Duvalier" I really meant "anti-Aristide"......