When we make a decision to eat seasonal, local food, we give up our ability to control what that food is, to a certain extent.The blog is full of great links to other cooking/food blogs, food happenings, book reviews....I'll be reading this one regularly.
...Ultimately this experiment failed to determine if flash frozen fish is a good as fresh but it reminded me of the unanticipated pleasures that result from relinquishing total control over my food. The joy of trying a new fish, like sea trout; of savoring something fleeting, like ramps and tiny baby potatoes and just dug asparagus.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
On blogging, new media, and the news
Adrian Holovaty gave the commencement speech at his j-school at Missouri. As one of the experts on what can be done with new media to enhance journalism, he's a great choice and hopefully an inspiration:
Graduates, the fire should be burning under each and every one of you. You should be yearning -- aching -- to bring this industry into a new age. Your generation -- our generation -- is going to be the one to do it.
You're going to be the people breaking the rules. You're going to be the people inventing new ones. You'll be the person who says, "Hey, let's try this new way of getting our journalism out to the public."
One of Newsvine's most commented stories today is from a contributor: How the 'Vine' changed my view on liberals:
...most liberals on the vine are very thoughtful decent people who want the same thing I want. That's freedom to enjoy life and help those who need our help.
... I do think no matter if we are liberal, conservative, or moderate we all have the same hopes and dreams for the world, only different ideas on how to get there.
It's a perfect example of how some predictions that making news sites interactive can improve the conversation may be coming true.
Jeff Jarvis posted on a post on the BBC's Nico Flores' blog On Demand Media, Aggregates go mainstream, which among other things says
Content is nothing on its own. It only exists as part of conversation.
Jarvis relates this to a previous comment of his own,
it’s not content until it’s linked.
Yes yes yes. 'Links are the currency of the Web....'
Among the comments on Flores' posting, one from Terry Heaton:
I once interviewed bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and asked him how he wrote so many songs. "I never wrote anything," he replied. "I just heard them before others did."
Doug Fisher at Common Sense Journalism has some good recent entries with information and links on language, grammar and word useage, including a new AP style rule that should help end phone number confusion: Use figures. The form: 212-621-1500.
Among the links here recently: You Don't Say, a Baltimore Sun copy editor's blog; and Language Log, from two profs in linguistics and communications.
Labels: link journalism
Articles worth reading
Bush's My Lai, on Haditha and other atrocities in Iraq, from Robert Parry in Consortium News.
the scenarios are eerily similar: U.S. troops – fighting a confusing conflict against a shadowy enemy – lash out at a civilian population, killing unarmed men, women and children.
The Four Fundamentalisms and the Threat to Sustainable Democracy, by Robert Jensen in OpedNews. It defines the things Americans want to believe: Economic, Technological, Religious and National, and considers alternatives, such as those thought essential for a good life, like air conditioning:
The “cracker house,” a term from Florida and Georgia to describe houses built before air-conditioning that utilize shade, cross-ventilation, and various building techniques to create a livable space even in the summer in the deep South. Of course, even with all that, there are times when it’s hot in a cracker house -- so hot that one doesn’t want to do much of anything but drink iced tea and sit on the porch. That raises a question: What’s so bad about sitting on the porch drinking iced tea instead of sitting inside in an air-conditioned house?
How New Orleans drowned, by Douglas Brinkley, article in latest Vanity Fair,a chronology of the disaster and the government's response, that concludes:
Blanco's was a struggle largely hidden from the public eye. But her effective, if clumsy, showdown with the president subtly changed the second term of George W. Bush, leaving him open to other attempts to curtail the sweeping power he had assumed for himself.
Speaking of Vanity Fair, don't miss the 'Morpholution' on the front page of their site (slide the arrow...).
Blogger Jon Swift: suffering from 'Conservative Fatigue Syndrome'.
The Boston Globe's Charlie Savage does it again, with Cheney Aide is Screening Legislation.
And, following up on the Al Gore story, here's Andrew Sullivan in The Times Online: Gore goes from bad joke to great white hope. Among the arguments:
Then there’s the issue of karma. Gore won the popular vote in 2000. If a few old Jewish ladies in Palm Beach had not been confused by their ballots and voted for Patrick Buchanan, Gore would have won Florida as well — and the presidency. Everyone knows this — and that election still wounds America in ways that a Gore candidacy might assuage.But,
I also recall the ineptitude of the 2000 campaign, the tone-deaf rhetoric, the palpable unease in elective office that made Gore — and the rest of us — miserable for so long.
If he really is a new man, if he really is finally comfortable in his own skin, he’ll stay on his porch in Tennessee. Or be dragged by his party, huffing and sighing, off it.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Added later: a Post employee takes exception in the comments. See mine. My memory isn't perfect but I am talking about a time in the '80s/ early '90s when Mary Kate was a member of our Florida News Librarians' Association and went on to bigger things. (Regular readers know as a long-time news librarian I occasionally comment on library people and history: inside baseball.)
Looking back: additions
I usually try to attribute the source of some of the links I find, but there are days I just don't remember to do it. Of course, most of the links do come from the links in the sidebar, and one link that needs attribution is the one to the LowertheBoom site, which came from Al Tompkins and his Morning Meeting site. Tompkins looks daily for interesting topics for news stories, and that's one he came up with yesterday. The others came from Romenesko and other journalist sites, or from blog/news aggregators like Memeorandum or Metafilter.
Another thing: the New Times story mentions some authors I've done research for, and one that I should have mentioned is Don Bohning, whose book The Castro Obsession came out last spring and is a riveting tale of the behind-the-scenes machinations of the '60s by our government and intelligence agencies to support the anti-Castro movement.
I've heard the book is coming out in paperback next month, so it's a good time to mention it. I was also pleased recently to find it available for reading in Google Books.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
a keen-minded news researcher with a soft voice and a kind heart,
though.....not to mention
unfailingly generous, technologically prescient character with a subtle sense of humor
The Newspaper Archive has now put hurricane stories online: Hurricane Archive. Here's where you can read -- for free -- newspaper stories from around the country on every hurricane since Galveston, 1900. The Galveston Daily News is here, and many other papers, although the stories might not always be from a paper in the area affected. Not many Florida papers here, for instance.
Ripe London is a blog about eating, food shopping, restaurants and cooking in London. This is even more interesting because the author, Jessica Stone, calls herself a "Cuban-marinated, Russian-blooded New York food snob".
Among the recent postings, one on cascos de guayaba con queso:
Growing up in Miami, it was guaranteed I would always find several cans in the kitchen cupboard, sharing space with the Mahatma Rice and frijoles negros (black beans). During hurricane season, our stock pile was impressive.
And, here's one for all of you, who like me, would like the ambient noise around me to be as natural as possible: Lower the Boom. This one's from a foundation dedicated to trying to eliminate excess noise from our streets, particularly that from 'Boom cars'. You know what they mean. According to the site, there's a corporate and political fight to be fought here too:
Our quality of life has been devistated through the unconscionable greed of the manufacturers who market the misuse of infrasonic technology and promote audio terrorism to those who have no sense of empathy or respect for the rights of others.Bravo. I've been offended by those electronics products ads that encourage buyers to 'annoy the neighbors'. Even though I now live far out in the country, I still hear them sometimes. As well as lots of huge loud pickup trucks with bad mufflers.
Last: Are you a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fan? Have you got your towel today?
With the series, editor Robert Gabordi (until recently editor of the Asheville Citizen Times), has written an apology for the paper's stance on segregation: Fifty Years in Coming:
It is inconceivable that a newspaper, an institution that exists freely only because of the Bill of Rights, could be so wrong on civil rights. But we were.It's just too bad that the apology isn't coming from the editor at the time, whose daily columns were constantly anti-black, according to an article in Editor & Publisher.
Regret the Error posts links to the apology and to the previous one from the Lexington Herald- Leader.
Time to believe
First, the consensus of the scientific community has shifted from skepticism to near-unanimous acceptance of the evidence of an artificial greenhouse effect. Second, while artificial climate change may have some beneficial effects, the odds are we're not going to like it. Third, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases may turn out to be much more practical and affordable than currently assumed.
Fulltext of the briefing paper, in PDF, is here.
On this topic, The Guardian says famed television scientist David Attenborough, a past opponent of global warming theories, has changed his mind as a new BBC series, Climate in Chaos, debuts. Some good links on the topic with this story.
And Tennessee Guerrilla Women posts a NYT column by Maureen Doud: Enter Ozone Woman, on Hillary Clinton and her attempt to take up Al Gore's main issue.
Following up on KR Washington, Buchwald and Fiedler
The Miami Herald's Tom Fiedler has written a Herald column in reaction to Ed Wasserman's column about divergence (earlier posting with links to Wasserman and an internal Herald memo from Fiedler).
It's not that I love newspapers less, it's that I love being relevant more. It's inescapable that if we are to be as successful in practicing journalism in the future as we have been in the past, we must be available in these other spaces.
And then there's Art Buchwald, who entered a hospice months ago because his kidneys were failing and he refused dialysis: Heaven Can Wait.
I'm going to Martha's Vineyard instead of Paradise.
I called up the TV stations and the newspapers and asked them if they would make a correction and retract the original story. They said they never correct stories about people who claimed they were dying and didn't.
Lots of good questions and answers about how to break into journalism, or get hired by the Post. And, a research question!
Washington, D.C.: Hi Peter, I was wondering about the researcher positions at The Post-- what kinds of things does a researcher do, and how? And how does one become a researcher at a newspaper or magazine?Get that? 'Highly valued'. Thank you, Peter.
Peter Perl: Researchers are highly valued at The Post and other good newspapers. They perform a huge variety of search functions, usually on the Web. The Post was fortunate enough to win 4 Pulitzer prizes this year and in our newsroom celebrations, several researchers were cited as being indispensable parts of that great work. Again, we would look for highly skilled people with several years experience.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Ronni's moving from Manhattan, where she's lived since 1969, to Portland, Maine. Much of the debate with herself about making this move were posted on her Sense of Place blog. But now the ongoing story is all in one place, and it's down to the last two days before the move; much of the same turmoil as when I left Miami for western NC a year and a half ago. With Ronni, her goodbye to New York was personified by the recycling cop who gave her a ticket -- for putting a couple of ceramic plates in with her glass recyclables. The last straw: New York City can Stuff it. (With us, it was hurricanes that forced us to sit in Miami, truck packed, for three days and still hit us on the way out of Florida at the state line...Sept 2004)
Much to think about in her musings, from the ease of dealing with business in Maine as opposed to New York (same here, with Miami), and questions about how long she'll be able to drive her lovely new red car.
It's always worth a stop here, especially for those older folks who can find a community here among the other elder bloggers Ronni links to.
Every once in awhile, though, something here just hits me: witness her posting on the First Amendment and blogging:
Jay Rosen, a professor of journalism at New York University who is also a media blogger at PressThink, said something so succinct, so smart and so true that I, caught up in its stunning simplicity, missed whatever came next.
I liked it so much that as soon as I returned to New York, I gave it a permanent home on TGB down there at the bottom of the left rail with a link to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. This is what Jay said:“Blogs are little First Amendment machines.”Think about that. You and I, each one of us sitting at our computers at home, maybe in our pajamas, have as much access to publish our words, thoughts and ideas as the richest person or corporation in the world.
Oh, the writing. Don't miss the backyard/garage/garden/weeds discourse (My Farm Journal):
This is a time when the yard can be made to look well tended, even though it contains the seeds of weedy chaos and madness. The vines are getting ready to pounce. If you hear me whistling in my yard it is because the weeds make me nervous. They can be so stealthy in May, coiled to strike.And the next posting, Gator Country, on a trip to Miami and the Glades:
In Miami a person must head to the swamp for relief from the urban jangle. Miami is fabulous and fun, but there are too many people crammed into too small a space. Complications ensue. Mutations. Maladaptations.
...The nice thing about Nature in South Florida is that it's cordoned off. The dividing line between civilization and Nature is typically a canal....
For more on the gator question, see Carl Hiaasen: Gator Panic Sweeps South Florida. Sounds like a good topic for Carl's next book.
Blog for work, blog for life
It's broken down in two columns, one marked 'journalism', one marked 'life'. Cool idea, and something every blogger could think about. Outing says he doesn't post enough personal news, and this format would allow it. Some bloggers maintain two blogs, such as Derek Willis' The Scoop and Blandiose (and me).
The dual format has been tried before, although most versions I've seen have gone away. One I used to read regularly, but not lately, is Low Culture, which divided the postings into 'light' and 'serious' but seems to have lost the serious side.
All worth thinking about, especially for me now as I try to determine how I'll combine the personal and professional postings I had here before along with the more newsy posts I did on the old Infomaniac blog at MiamiHerald.com, along with the photos and some local news on my Highlands Cam blog.
Oh, and Jemima? She lives in Cornwall. How cool is that?
‘If You Earn $40,000 a Year and Have a Family of Two Children, You Don’t Pay Any Taxes’164 comments so far. This one got people going.
Newspapers allowing comments: controversial?
Norman asks the Herald's Rick Hirsch about whether anyone is reading and editing the comments, which have been ... um... frisky on some stories, and Hirsch says they can't read them all immediately and depend on readers to flag unobjectional ones.
Seems to be standard procedure, but Norman wonders: that stuff seems a little dangerous for the Herald to publish, especially the totally unfounded stuff, and asks for reader comments. So far only a couple, but one commenter responds: Papers are not liable for the content that other people leave on their articles or on their blogs.
True? Norman is asking for more comments.
She's well out of it. He's a boring old fart anyway. Any self respecting man his age is out climbing palm trees. And falling out of them.Thinking about online newspapers allowing comments, seems the Brits, starting with the BBC, have been doing it for a long time without much controversy.
(Added later:) Here's another interesting take on the split from The Independent: Heather Mills McCartney: Secrets and Lies.
Weather or not
It doesn't seem to link to my favorite weather site, weather.gov, though, at least not in the first page of results. Weather.gov, from the National Weather Service, has more detail than anything else I've found, as well as links to climate history, etc. Here's Murphy weather on weather.gov.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Weekend update: Other things found last week
And, a couple dustups in the blogosphere:
Michelle Malkin is upset about a posting by Wonkette about her. She calls them 'intolerant liberal bastards'. Not sure I'd call Wonkette 'liberal' but they do make a point of sexual innuendo, and this one is too much for Michelle....
Miami city commissioner Johnny Winton had a bit of trouble with police the other night, and now there's a Winton Must Go! blog. This could get interesting if they keep it up....
Last, of course for best coverage of the problems in Guantánamo, there's Carol Rosenberg's reporting in the Miami Herald. She's the only reporter with access to the base; there's an audio interview with her on the site, too.
Speaking of Wonkette, founding writer Ana Marie Cox (no longer writing there) adds to the Al Gore story (see a couple postings down) with this, in Time: Al Gore, Movie Star. Cox says:
...there was (a) rock star in the room: Al.
...There's nothing as sexy as a tease and Gore probably knows that his dance of the seven veils does more to heighten the movie's profile than the movie could ever do for his.
Oh, yeah, remember the story (so last week) about the CIA, congressional favors, defense contractors and jailed rep. Randall Cunningham? It's still going on, behind the scenes, and the San Diego Union Tribune has been following up with interesting tidbits. Among the latest, a story about a vacation house in Hawaii. Raw Story has the pictures, via ABC News. Very nice. Everyone should get this kind of accomodations once in their lives. Don't miss the waterfall and the view of islands...
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The duo moved to Time Magazine a few years later. Now, as Time reorganizes, they've been let go, just two among the 650 recently laid off. From the story, by Steve Lovelady, in CJR:
This morning, as word moved through the journalism community that Barlett and Steele had been sacked by a corporation as wealthy as Time Warner, the all-but-universal response was dismay. "This," said Sandy Padwe, a professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a pretty fair investigative reporter himself, "is a disgrace. Two of the best investigative reporters ever, and they're on the street? It's a fucking travesty."
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Not to be missed
It sounds as though Al has become the man we wanted him to be in 2000:
He has gone through the valley of tears and what did not break him has strengthened and transformed him - I will use that word again. In comparison, Hillary's politcal calculations look tawdry and obvious.Sullivan says: My own preference for Bush over Gore in 2000 was primarily because I feared Gore would increase government spending and regulation too much. Yeah: I know.
Blogger Design question:
I don't like taking up so much space for just color. And, do the margins have to be so wide?
One commenter misses the old blog even though this one is cleaner. Maybe I should go back to the old template, which was more basic html, and change it?
Nevermind, I found the answer to this one, it was in the settings: Another Blogger question: why does my post screen for Highlands Cam include a title box? And the one for NewsliBlog have a title AND a URL box? I thought changing the template might add those functions......hmmm.
Wow, does this make me feel.....stupid? out of it? uninformed? The New York Times' Books in Review posts the winners of their survey of prominent writers to identify the best book of American fiction in the last 25 years. The winner: Toni Morrison's Beloved. There are several runners-up.
I haven't read one of these books.
I have not even read many of these authors. There are really only two on the list that I've really wanted to get copies of to read: Tim O'Brien's and John Kennedy Toole's books. Well, Morrison's, too, of course....
I have so many books that it will take me years to read them all. I rarely take books from the library since I don't need them. I buy books at used book sales, so don't have a choice in what books I find (same thing with most of my books, many of which came from book reviewer discards). I know I miss out on some great books I should read, but serendipity is great: I've found authors and books I never would have read, and enjoyed the heck of them.
I'm reading a 20-year-old American epic now that I found among my old stash of paperbacks: ...and Ladies of the Club, an 1100-page documentation of small-town life in late 19th-Century Ohio. Wonderful!
It's no wonder journalists are struggling with how to deal with maintaining a print product while also working in new media. Even the best thinkers in journalism are at cross purposes sometimes.
Witness the column Ed Wasserman wrote for the Miami Herald this week, claiming 'convergence' is ruining newsrooms, and the reaction from Herald Editor Tom Fiedler, who has recently come out as an advocate of giving equal effort to the online and other media products of newspapers. Fascinating stuff, including another response to the Romenesko posting from a long-time journalist who says 'convergence' has always been there.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Kevin Sites' HotZone on Yahoo has been covering Haiti for awhile, something I'd missed. Along with the first-hand reports, there's video and photos ... and a separate photo collection on Flickr.
Lots of comments on the site to each of the reports; there's also a reaction from a blogger to the photos:
The photo journal does what mainstream journalists usually do when they show Haiti: show the very worst and the very worst *only*. Some would argue that the shock created by the pictures helps bring attention to the problems. Hmmm... only partially.
For those watching the state of the current administration, some markers:
SurveyUSA, which has come up with some interesting new ways to use data to understand the Red state/blue state thing, has new polling data; MyDD has taken the data and made a map that shows the red pretty much fading from the U.S. as a whole. Only 3 states and a small percentage of counties are still red. (It looks like that includes the one I live in, although Bush's approval ratings have dropped 28% in the state.)
Reaction to the president's speech on immigration has been swift and heavy, and from browsing reaction linked on Memeorandum today, seems to represent more erosion of the conservative base.
Congratulations to The Scoop's Derek Willis on the new baby (We Interrupt this blog...).
Derek helped inspire me to blog, many years ago, and we've shared a panel at IRE. Sorry I can't be in Baltimore this June to help inspire (or roast?) him at his panel for the SLA News Division there. I know he'll be in fine form at 7:30 am with a 3-week-old at home.....
Monday, May 15, 2006
I should have remembered to save a screenshot of the old template before I changed it. Oh well, I have the HTML.
This may not be the ultimate new design, but it seems to work for now. Hope all my regular readers approve. Keep watching for fine-tuning.
Let me know if you find something missing. The research guides are still there but I haven't listed them separately in the sidebar. Just click on the News Research Directory link, or go straight to them here.
Today I posted a message to my Infomaniac blog on MiamiHerald.com that that blog is probably coming to an end.
Many of the Florida bloggers I link to there have been blogrolling this blog, not the Herald one, so you all already know this one. This blog has also continued to be much more popular than the other one, according to the Technorati ratings of links.
Now that it is going to be my main blog again, I'll be making some changes: modernizing the template, changing the photos, and updating the research links in sidebar. Among them is a good list of Florida blogs which I've been able to update more easily than on the Herald blog.
Since my homebase is now North Carolina/Georgia/Tennessee, blog focus will sometimes include those areas too, although for local news I sometimes post it on my Highlands Cam photo blog, along with the photos of the beautiful mountain area I live in now.
I'll also change the focus a bit: although the blog has mostly been aimed at news researchers and journalists, before I started blogging on MiamiHerald.com it had a wider range, with news and blog links. I'll be doing that again and maybe confining most of the news research links to a weekly update.
Thanks for reading, many of you have been here since I started this in November 2000 and maybe now there'll be some new ones too!
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Along with the changes I'm planning on making here in the next week, some thoughts about whether to continue this 'link dump'. It consists mostly of things gathered from resources most researchers read regularly anyway, like Resourceshelf and Depth Reporting (links in sidebar), so is a bit redundant (and I can't credit people like Gary Price and Mark Schaver enough, as well as the other researchers and reporters whose blogs I use to find useful tools); but I like to think I'm picking out the cream of useful journalistic tools.
I had been considering dropping this format and just linking to the things that most catch my eye as I find them, but this week I got a comment from someone who teaches Information Visualization and who says he likes the weekly update. Hmmm. Maybe I will keep it.
Some interesting stories/blogs:
Friday, May 12, 2006
News libraries seem to struggle these days with ideas about how they can have a presence on a newspaper website. There are some good examples out there of news researcher and librarian blogs; they're linked in the blogroll on the NewsLibLog.
But I've said before that Providence Journal online features editor Sheila Lennon, a library advocate herself, provides one of the best examples of how it should be done on her Subterranean Homepage Blues blog.
Today she uses the library archives to provide a really nice service for readers for Mothers' Day: she browses through the recipes to find a perfect collection of recommendations for Mothers' Day breakfast at home.
It's a simple project, but obviously took some time. Nice work.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
In latest move to improve the online product and communication with readers, the Miami Herald has added comments to the stories.
I had noticed a few 'comment' links on the front page, and it seems that not every story has a comment feature. But many of the major ones on the front page do now. They are attracting comments already.
Possibly notice by the Critical Miami blog yesterday attracted some attention to it.....
Speaking of South Florida media blogs, lots of concern by local bloggers about what's going on with Bob Norman's Daily Pulp blog. Critical Miami thinks there's a problem with New Times management (which insisted he move his personal blog to the company website, making it less user friendly, a few weeks ago....)
Interesting to me that some people don't like blogs with lots of links. Hmm. I guess to some, blogs are for writing.
To a researcher, though, blogs are for links. Always have been. Blogs help me find new things I never thought about or found before. More links the better.
I remember reading Adam Curry's comment about links as conversation years ago, and having a light turn on in my brain. (I repeated it last year on this blog; the link back to my original 2002 blog posting on it is probably not available, since the archives reside on my original Earthlink space which inexplicably became overwhelmed last fall.) Curry said: 'links are the only true currency of the Web'. I still like it.
My posting last year also mentioned a blog comment on newspaper blogging from Tom Johnson: "But I wonder if the BIG NEWSPAPER will understand that the process of linkage and blog infrastructure will ultimately be more important than the content?"
I bring this up again because of a dialog on Doc Searls' and Ed Cone's blogs:
Cone writes this:
In my very first newspaper column about blogging, published four years ago this month, I described linking as "writing in 3-D."Doc, expanding:Beyond the rush of publishing in real time, blogging adds an extra element to the process of composing your thoughts. It's like writing in 3-D. The ability to link to other sites from within your own work can enrich whatever you have to say with context or counterpoint.
Linking also brings value to your readers by making your blog a portal into a much broader web experience. It makes your blog part of a conversation, not a lecture.
It's called internetworking for a reason.
I had been writing for thirty years before I started doing it in 3D, in 1995. For the first time I felt like I was writing with two hands, seeing with two eyes. I no longer felt trapped behind my own lectern. Eleven years later I'd still rather write (and read) linky text than linkless text.
Yup. And I'm so much more likely to link to someone else's posting if it contains lots of links.
(One additional thought, though: I don't like blogs with lots of links that don't explain what they link to. (See first link in this story.) That's why I rarely read Dave Barry's blog (sorry, Dave and Judi). But obviously, there are lots of people out there (see the massive number of comments on Dave's blog) with plenty of time to follow anonymous links.)
Labels: link journalism
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Thanks to The Virtual Chase for the pointer to this South Florida Sun Sentinel story: How to Use Public Records to do a Background Check, with information compiled by researcher and friend Barbara Hijek, a sidebar to Sleuthing May Save You Some Trouble, by Diane Lade.
The list includes mostly local south Florida records, but also tells readers how to get an FBI background check or statewide criminal and driving records. Very useful for readers who may not know this stuff is available.
(And note that this story is on the top of the list of the S-S-'s 'most emailed' list today.)
And, on the subject of what newspapers should do, here's a reminder of how Knight Ridder newspapers once performed that task admirably: Reminders of Knight Ridder at its Best, from the National Writers' Workshop held in Wichita last week.
Monday, May 08, 2006
Salon has a chapter excerpt from the new book by their senior writer Eric Boehlert's new book Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush.
Interesting post here on Britannica's search engine. The blogger comments: When EB’s editors fulminate against the web, can it be because they use their own search engine?
Absolutely my favorite place to take photographs, I have a drawer full of dark black and whites I took back in the days when I was into pushing b&w film to its limits.
Doc Searls links to (Technorati) David Sifry's Flickr photo set, taken in London last week.
You just can't take bad photos in London, but these are just gorgeous.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
This blog will be going through some changes in next week or so; stay tuned. I'm hoping to do some redesigns and new additions. The research pages linked at left still need updating and that should be happening soon, too. Meanwhile, check out my photo blog for what I'm seeing away from the computer, including pix from an old car show in town yesterday. More photos on my Flickr site, too.
Among the photos today, a reminder of South Florida and The Miami Herald from little Murphy, NC: Carl Hiaasen/Jimmy Buffet's "Hoot" is playing at the Henn, our 70+-year-old theater, still in operation (and some of those old cars).
Some interesting stories/blogs:
Friday, May 05, 2006
Running behind this week, but want to post a few things that caught my eye this week from a journalism standpoint:
First, via Al's Morning Meeting, a great public records investigation by The Guardian, who reveal Q. What could a boarding pass tell an identity fraudster about you? A. Way too much , or how a discarded piece of paper could really get you into trouble. Using the info on a boarding pass found in a trash bin, the reporter and a security expert found a frequent flyer number which let them order a ticket, which led them to personal information, which could be enhanced by using available online searches. Wow.
Here's News Gems, a blog highlighting good writing from a J-prof.
And, NewsGorilla (BONG Bull) is back. BONG: Burnt Out NewspaperCreatures' Guild.
For a dire look at the state of newspapers: A Date with the Butcher, Vin Crosbie speech.
Iraq's Press: A Status Report, from Council on Foreign Relations.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
So here's a 'surprising' article in the Miami Herald: Cuba entry in Wikipedia stirs controversy.
And, why wouldn't it?
(BTW, the Herald article needs a little editing too: seems to have made it to online with editor's question marks still in. Hmm. Editing, always a problem....)