Friday, July 29, 2005

Blog reaction in South Florida
I've posted just a few links to comments about the Teele/DeFede story on my Miami Herald blog and these have elicited more comments; the reaction in the local community is interesting, to say the least. There are also quite a few letters on on Teele, on DeFede, and on whether the suicide photos should have been published.

If only The Herald had an editor's blog where these things could be discussed in real time......

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Taping and the law
Lots of discussion on Romenesko and elsewhere on whether Jim DeFede (see below) should have been fired. Now two former Herald journalists have set up a blog as an online petition. Lots of fomer Herald reporters/editors signing up. Plus a couple current ones. Journalists for Jim DeFede. (Interesting use of Blogger....)

Bad day:
It was a bad day at the Miami Herald yesterday, when a discredited former city commissioner, Arthur Teele, walked into the newspaper's lobby, put a gun in his mouth, and shot himself. He died a couple hours later. Then columnist Jim DeFede was fired for taping a conversation with Teele a few hours earlier. A scathing story about Teele was just coming out in Miami's New Times newspaper, so it's odd Teele would have chosen The Herald as his last stand.
Of course, you've seen this on Romenesko. Herald stories here, New Times story here.
The story made the online edition late yesterday afternoon. Talk about a newsroom in shock.....

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Even messages have information:

In this case, a couple messages to the NICAR-L message group today had links to some interesting sites:
Dave Carpe, a research consultant, pointed to his site, ResearchZilla, a new online community of researchers. More for 'corporate journalists' as Carpe calls himself, the site may be a bit of a stretch for news researchers, but should be a good place to browse for good links.
Carpe contributed a comment to a discussion of why CAR (Computer Assisted Reporting) might be called something else to appeal more to journalism students:
    "4) my idea, a topical name, like "Journalism and Research" or
    "Research in Journalism" - much more an umbrella term that speaks to
    processes and tools, both analog and digital (if and when relevant)
    ....if i were a student, then that name would be as clear as an
    unmuddied lake, as clear as an azure sky of deepest summer (name that
    movie)..versus "interviewing sources" or "writing compelling pieces" -"

Car Chase, from Chase Davis, a journalism student at U. Mo., journals his attempts at finding new ways to do Computer Assisted Reporting. The last few entries are about hacking Google Maps for deadline reporting. Nice to see this interest in blogging research from a coming journalist.

Looking at the Car Chase page reminded me of some sites I haven't looked at awhile, or are relatively new:
CAR Report, from Mark Schaver, keeps up with news of the CAR world, a nice counterpoint to Derek Willis' The Scoop; The Institute for Analytic Journalism keeps up with the academic side of CAR studies; Matt Waite, who's subsituting for Derek this week on The Scoop, has a new blog of his own; and MoJo Bloggers is a list of bloggers from the Missouri School of Journalism.

The discussion of what to call CAR has been getting lots and lots of postings. From a news librarians' perspective, I like Mike Meiners' take:
    ...Wouldn't it be nice one day if we could just call it 'Reporting' and everyone understood that "CAR" or "Analytical" or "telephone-recorder-notepad-pencil-computer-fax-printer-bottla-wine-at-night assisted reporting" was a natural part of it? "

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Weekend update: Other things found this week:
Ask and you will receive: the Herald blog will soon be on Type Pad blogging software. There's a template, at, and I'm waiting for a few design features, like blogroll, to be added before I make the first post, and change my links.

This will be another stage in the blog history: after having this blog for nearly 3 years now, and after posting blog-type entries to my home page starting nearly 5 years ago, I had the first blog on, hand-coding it in plain HTML using the online news posting software used by and other Knight Ridder online sites, starting two years ago this month. The blog was at a address and was searchable as part of the 7-day archive (but URLs were relatively permanent). Last fall I switched to a Blogspot blog because that's what KR online sites were doing. Now KR is switching many of their blogs to Type Pad, and this one has been awaiting conversion for awhile now. This means the blog will again be on so will show up in searches. Postings should begin there this week. I won't have any control over the design, so blogroll additions, etc. may not be as timely as I'd like. but I will be able to turn on/off comments, allow Trackbacks, post photos easily, and more.

This Behind the News blog will remain on Blogspot, where I'm perfectly happy to keep it. Blogger has continually improved and now has most of the features of other blog software. This blog will continue to be about good sites for and news about news research. The Herald blog is/will be more eclectic, with postings about interesting things I find while browsing the Web. I also post to a NewsliBlog, for news about news researchers and news librarians.

  • Glossary of Dental Terms from ADA.
  • Vaccine Safety Net from WHO has links to immunization info.
  • Mass Media and the military: a huge bibliography compiled by a librarian at Maxwell AFB.
  • ECO 5 site from European Business School has historical market data, country studies, links to business and economic information.
  • Military Factory has lots of military reference like force strengths, military history, weapons and aircraft guides; includes Photos of aircraft cockpits.
  • Resources for covering hot weather from IRE.
  • Historical Census Statistics On Population Totals By Race, 1790 to 1990, and By Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990, For Large Cities And Other Urban Places In The United States from Census.
  • U.S. Household Electricity Report from DoE.
  • Most Stolen Vehicles, 2004.
  • Back to School spending survey, 2005 from Natl Retail Federation.
  • Pay and Performance: 2005 Compensation and Benefits Report on U.S. employes from Hudson Index.
  • Shifts in U.S. merchandise trade, 2004.
  • School Transportation Statistics including school bus accident data.
  • Most overpriced cities in the U.S. from Forbes. Miami drops to #12.
  • Online petition in support of Judith Miller from RCFP. Sign up here.
    Governments, Politics:
  • Iraq's constitution at a crossroads from Carnegie Endowment.
    Public Records:
  • A new SSN validator; in construction but not working for me yet. This should help determine when, where a SSN is issued.
  • National Sex Offender Registry
  • Law and Policy Institutions Guide: Search academia, law journals, legal research, and lots more resources for legal information.
  • is getting to be one of the better search engines, and now also includes blog and feed search sites, according to search expert Gary Price, who says: "For most of my blogosphere search needs, Clusty Blog Search works well." Note another useful feature of Clusty: it allows you to cluster results by topic OR source. (Although the source is other search engines so may not be very useful. I couldn't get Clusty to bring up blog entries, either.)

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • Did Washington try to manipulate Iraq’s election? by Seymour Hersh in New Yorker.
  • Poker bloggers: story with links in OJR.
  • 10,000 Birds, a worldwide blogging attempt to record each and every species (actually more like good birdwatching stories and info).
  • Now Public is a new 'citizen news' site which aggregates news from blogs and news sites and ranks by interest.
  • PubSub Baseball: this blog search site has made it easy to see what bloggers are saying about your team or a particular player.

  • Google Moon puts the moon on Google Maps.

  • Friday, July 22, 2005

    Worth of a Blogger:
    Apologies for posting on this topic twice. If you weren't a reader of this blog you won't know why I think this is important. But I think it's worth pointing to a short essay by Bob Stepno on South Knox Bubba's blog, which ended this week. Stepno, a journalism professor who moved to the Knoxville area last year, has lots to say on how much Bubba's blog contributed to his community:
    • He read the papers, including weeklies I never saw on the newsstands, summarized their stories and linked to them.
    • He sometimes "covered" public meetings and events in more detail than most local papers, most recently the plans for development of the South Knox waterfront, and for redevelopment of the World's Fair Park area.
    • He usually provided links to background information that professional news websites rarely offer, out of fear that "customers" will follow the links and not come back to read the ads that pay the bills.

    There's much more. When people ask me why I think blogs are something news organizations should be looking at carefully, 'Bubba' was one place I always showed them.

    Wednesday, July 20, 2005

    Blog casualty:
    Sad to see the end of South Knox Bubba, a blog I've been enjoying for a couple years now. 'Bubba' had lots to say about national politics and what was going on in his community (Knoxville, TN area); his photos (especially the Friday Bird Blogging) were a joy, and he was also responsible for gathering Tennessee bloggers into the 'Rocky Top Brigade'. One less link on the blogroll.

    In better blog news, Sheila Lennon's Subterranean Homepage Blues blog on the Providence Journal site is now a real blog using Moveable Type. This means there are now comments on her blog, and the blog will show up in Web searches at its original site (and not sites of other Belo papers). For years Sheila's been hand-coding her blog, just as I used to do on my Herald blog before they moved it to Blogspot. I'm hoping for a better solution too, a real Type Pad blog on, but no word yet.

    Tuesday, July 19, 2005

    In the mainstream:
    For a good example of how much Podcasting is becoming an important part of how information is spread, here's news that The Miami Herald is sponsoring a podcast, On the Run, coverage of the Miami Dolphins by long-time South Florida sportscaster Phil Latzman.

    Monday, July 18, 2005

    That and a dollar...:
    Fascinating story by Paul Boutin in Wired, who met a homeless blogger in the street who turned out to be Jorn Barger. Barger is universally known as the creator of the first Weblog, Robot Wisdom. When some of us noticed recently the blog was back after several months' hiatus, we didn't know Barger had lost his domain because he couldn't afford to renew it. Somehow he is back, though.
    Barger told Boutin he'd been carrying a sign that day:
      "Coined the term 'weblog,' never made a dime."

    Saturday, July 16, 2005

    Weekend update: Other things found this week:
    I've discovered a fascinating copyright story I didn't remember, in reading a book called The Pirates and the Mouse, by Bob Levin. It's the story of Dan O'Neill, who did the Odd Bodkins cartoon for the San Francisco Chronicle in the late 1960s (which I read in The Washington Post), and a band of rogue cartoonists he gathered to publish underground comics, several of which used Disney characters in -- um -- compromising positions.

    Disney sued for copyright violation, and the case went on for years; the Air Pirates lost but eventually most of the financial claims were dropped. If you're interested in copyright, this story has lots to recommend. Levin, an attorney, discusses the history and background of copyright, particularly in parody. I didn't know a lot of this story, didn't remember the case (although I do remember when, in violation of a court order, O'Neill published a 4-page spread featuring Mickey in Stewart Brand's Co-Evolution Quarterly a couple years later: Brand was then also sued by Disney). Other cases cited involved Jack Benny and the 'Gaslight' movie (I always wondered why he joked so much about that film).

    Haven't quite finished the book but am really enjoying being carried back to those heady days of underground comix and everything else that went on in those years. And am pleased to find out that Dan O'Neill is still drawing Odd Bodkins at Dan O'Neill Comics. (And they're as strange now as ever). O'Neill, an inveterate renegade according to the book (blamed on his Irishness) has also posted scans of the offending strips here. As he says, 'funny thing about committing a crime... there's always evidence left behind'...especially now on the Net.

    Oh, and, if you can't get the book, here's a shorter version of the story by Levin in Reason.

  • Trailers of Historically Significant Films from Digital History. Losts of other historical resources here, too, at main Digital History home (from University of Houston).
  • Good compilation of disaster recovery links from Resourceshelf.
  • UN News Centre: The Middle East
  • Space Shuttle links: Good collection from Al Tompkins including's package. More shuttle links on NewsNet, and Links on the Columbia disaster including lots of background links.
  • Arab expert Juan Cole has lots of links and news on the London bombings investigation on his website. (There's a report that this site is blocked to U.S. military computers in Iraq.)
  • GDP Rankings, 2004, from World Bank
  • Small Arms Survey has released their annual report which includes numbers of Iraqi civilian deaths. This figure is higher than many but lower than the Lancet report. Small Arms Survey also has databases on countries' weapons policies.
  • If you missed The Yost story (where a Knight-Ridder editor criticized news coverage from Iraq and KR correspondents reacted): lots on Romenesko, of course, but Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine called for discussion and got lots and lots of comments and emails. Links to Jarvis' comment and emails from CJR; click on 'comments' to read more.
  • Lots of reaction to story that Plain Dealer's Clifton won't publish stories because of illegal source.
    Governments, Politics:
  • UK Home Office has news, information about the bombings investigation.
  • FTA safety and security covers transportation terrorism safety issues.
  • Can't Find it on Google: fascinating posts from people looking for weird stuff. Amazing what people think they should be able to find on the Net.
  • SiteSEER, a database of journal articles and citations in the computer/information industry.
  • MedBioWorld has links to medical journals, associations and databases; the 'largest medical and bioscience resource directory on the Internet' with 35,000 links.
  • Florida Statistical Data Resources, an article in BEBR's Florida First magazine about where to go for statistics in Florida.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • The Blogometer from National Journal's The Hotline, this is a useful summary of what the blogs are saying. (Posted daily at noon.)
  • MediaNetwork is a blog with good shuttle news and trivia links.

  • Get your pimp name: need a handle? This will calculate one for you based on your real name.

  • Sunday, July 10, 2005

    Blogs and Dennis:
    I posted a list of blogs covering Hurricane Dennis on my Herald blog.

    Weekend update: Other things found this week:
    Although it happened late in the week, the London bombing story dominated everything. Besides the links I posted earlier, here and on my Herald blog, a couple more useful resources:
  • Terrorism Knowledge Base has good background material, including info on the possible London bombing suspect.
  • The Counterterrorism Blog is following news and leads.

    The other links....

  • Glossary of Kitchen and Food Terms from Chi Chi's Salsa, includes Latin and other cuisines.
  • McAfee Virtual Criminology Report: North American Study Into Organized Crime and the Internet (PDF).
  • Patient Inform, a new guide to medical research.
  • History Links: a new collection from a librarian at University of Colorado: "Links to Digitized Primary and Secondary Sources from a Variety of Archives around the U.S."
  • Tax Almanac, great guide to tax laws from Intuit, in Wiki format, with pages created by individual experts.
  • Getting medical journals via RSS using PubMed: a quick tutorial, with a link to another tutorial on getting medical journals direct from the journal pages.
  • America's Fastest Growing Cities, latest Census report.
  • The San Jose Mercury News has eliminated separate local section and puts local news in front now; international and national news is in back of the section since they believe readers have already seen that news. Article from Editors Weblog. Here's another analysis from Tim Porter.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • UN Pulse is a service of the Dag Hammerskold Library, blogging news from/about the UN.

  • Thursday, July 07, 2005

    More bombing links:
    IRE has now posted new additions to their compilation of Terrorism-related resources focusing on London, including investigative stories and tipsheets, links, and journal articles.

    Via Gary Price, Digital Globe is making available a gallery of satellite photos of London, taken in 2002.

    And, have you seen Houston Chronicle's NewsBlog devoted to the London Blasts? Very nice compilation of interesting and useful links. Note the pulldown menu to many more blogs.

    And, of course, as posted below, I'm posting links on my Herald blog.

    And, for a look at what all this means to journalism, don't miss Tim Porter's post on big news stories:
      The first-day story no longer belongs to newspapers - and hasn't for a long time. It isn't even the property of professional journalists any longer.

    Are you doing Podcasts yet?:
    John Walkenbach at J-Walk Blog has the best comment I've seen on why some of us are not interested. (Via Robot Wisdom, who called it "drinking the podcast kool-aid".)

    I'm posting London bombing links on my blog on

    Monday, July 04, 2005

    Weekend update: Other things found this week:
    Seems like I just keep getting busier and busier and with the long holiday weekend, another late update:

    The links....

  • The Sports Cliche list
  • Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support from U.S. DoD. (PDF)
  • Are We There Yet? A Report on Summer Traffic Bottlenecks and Steps Needed to Ensure that Our Favorite Vacation Destinations Remain Accessible from AAA.
  • NPR on Guantanamo, includes timelines.
  • Food 411 a directory and reference site.
    Governments, Politics:
  • Good links from Al Tompkins on the Supreme Court, Justice Rehnquist, and the Ten Commandments question.
  • ReligionLink on the 10 Commandments decision: lots ot good links, sources and analysis.
  • Open CRS: Congressional Research Reports. They've never been posted online in one place before, but this project attempts to make them all available...and searchable.
  • Net for Cuba: "Your educational and informational resource of the realities of Cuba today". Lots of info here, like a database of 'Cubans assasinated by Castro's Regimen'.
  • Google Earth: now a free download, lets you zoom, turn, and rotate satellite images, get directions, etc.
  • Technorati. There's a new design which didn't seem like news to me, but I've decided it makes this blog search service a much easier way to find out what's being said on topics in the blog world.
  • World Drug Report: latest stats, etc. from UN.
  • New Report on Violence and the Homeless from Natl Coalition for the Homeless.
  • TIPs in Asia: a database of 'country-specific information on trafficking in persons in multiple languages, as well as anti-trafficking news and information about individual countries.'
  • Statistical materials for learning about Japan.
  • RootsWeb's Social Security Death Index search claims to be the most up-to-date on the Web. As of today, last updated 5/18.
    Public Records:
  • BRB Public Record Resouce Finder.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • The New Yorker posts Calvin Trillin's Edna Buchanan profile as a tribute to Gene Miller.