Progressive Collation

January 30, 2011


If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.
Hunter S. Thompson

The Columbia Journalism Review has cranked up The News Frontier Database, “…a searchable, living, and ongoing documentation of digital news outlets across the country.” They launched with a list of about fifty digital news sites, the beginning of an ambitious effort to catalog sites that meet the following criteria: canadian online casino

  1. Digital news sites included in the NFDB should be primarily devoted to original reporting and content production. online casino ireland
  2. With rare exceptions, the outlet should have at least one full-time employee. online slots nz
  3. The digital news site should be something other than the web arm of a legacy media entity. (There’s no doubt that some of the most important online journalism is being produced by the websites of newspapers and other legacy media, but this database is devoted to a new kind of publication.)
  4. The digital news site should be making a serious effort to sustain its work financially, whether that be through advertising, grants, or other revenue sources.

That third criterion helps the database administrators focus, but it does little to advance the cause of gathering information about online news. Surely “legacy” online publishers that shift from print to pixels deserve recognition. And those who augment their dead tree efforts with electronic publications are among the most informative, best positioned news outlets online. (Click here for the list of outlets in the CJR database.)

Five years ago “The Media Consortium” was organized. Participants in the consortium must have

  • A journalism-driven mission
  • Staff and organizational capacity to participate in projects that benefit the organization and the Consortium
  • The commitment of senior leadership to personally participate in Media Consortium activities, projects, and meetings
  • A mission that promotes progressive ideals

When I heard about the CJR database, I thought it would be interesting to see how many of the Media Consortium members were listed. The CJR list includes a lot of familiar sites, some of them liberal. For example CJR lists Slate, Salon, The Huffington Post, TPM, and Politico. But the only Media Consortium member they list is Grist. Several of the consortium members are disqualified by the CJR criterion number 3 (“…something other than the web arm of a legacy media entity”). Among these, I suppose, would be The American Prospect, Mother Jones, The Nation, and The Progressive. But, while the CJR database is in its early days exclusion of the entire consortium membership except for Grist betrays a blind spot when it comes to progressive media. There are dozens of high-profile local, regional, and global news sites that meet the CJR criteria that aren’t listed yet. Among the Media Consortium sites that could qualify as web journalism pioneers and important to include in any catalog “new media,” or digital journalism efforts are: Afro-Netizen, Alternet, Campus Progress, Chelsea Green, Democracy Now, Feministing, Reproductive Health Reality Check, Truthout, and Workers Independent News.

These two sources, Columbia Journalism’s News Frontier Database and the Media Consortium, have each listed 50 emerging media news sources. It’s amazing that the only site they have in common is Grist.

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Angelheaded Hipsters

January 29, 2011


…reincarnate in the ghostly clothes of jazz in the goldhorn shadow of the band and blew the suffering of America’s naked mind for love into an eli eli lamma lamma sabacthani saxophone cry that shivered the cities down to the last radio -Howl

Looking for some online clues about Newt’s intention to announce for the Presidency in March-spurred on by secret knowledge of gubernatorial catalyzed strikes, work stoppage, labor betrayal-angry, yet bemused by Republican attitudes about the law and how it need not apply to them, I stumbled into wood s lot and looked no Further than this link which today tops the column of Mark’s ever changing content: The Allen Ginsberg Project.

The Ginsberg blog-its sidebar replete with streaming audio, streaming video, links to critical essays, interviews, articles, photographs, research, memorials, tributes and a robust collection of the poetic works of Ginsberg and his friends-featured this week a post about the Gibney film at Sundance…

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More about Zuck

January 28, 2011

“Does he give Gen Y a bad name as a pompous millennial, with a robber baron mentality or is he an American hero and inspiration?” - Under30CEO You can click on the above picture to display it full-sized in all its snarky goodness. I ran across it on Facebook so I have no clue regarding [...]

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Martin Luther King’s 1967 Riverside Church Speech

January 17, 2011

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam Delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr April 1967 At Manhattan’s Riverside Church “OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, as I have moved to break the betrayal of my own silences and to speak from the burnings of my own heart, [...]

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Are you prescriptive or descriptive?

January 17, 2011

Being behind a camera, in front of the camera, is my own little deconstructionist niche. - Joshua Leonard The first issue of Popular Linguistics, an online magazine, is now available for people who enjoy that sort of thing. For me, an unbridled malefactor in the realm of lay-lie-lay, an unapologetic apostrophe punter, and some would [...]

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The war on nutz

January 16, 2011

You can’t be friends with a squirrel. A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit. - Sarah Jessica Parker Corporate white-hat hackers and the Mossad have set back Persian plans for nuclear bomb production by at least three years according to an article in today’s New York Times. Fact checking the Times puff [...]

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BJ Fogg’s top ten mistakes of behavior change

January 15, 2011

I met BJ Fogg in 2004 or 2005 at an “Accelerating Change” conference. I thought then that his study of “persuasive tech” was creepy. Bringing the tools of networked communications to those who would modify the behavior of large masses of people smacks of miscreance. “Persuasive technology” was all the rage in the GW Bush [...]

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Be a better blogger bubba

January 14, 2011

Oh my oh my… Meanwhile, in real life, I’m returning to work coding or patching or whatever, trying to fix whatever I broke last year when I upgraded to a new rev. level of WordPress. I think my New year resolution for 2010 was to be a better blogger, but I bumbled and I fumbled… [...]

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