Open Source Reporting

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Open Source Reporting
by Alfred Hermida

Two Canadians took a gamble that local news still matters this week. The two represent the hopes of both old and new media. One was a $1.1 billion buyout (in Canadian dollars) of Canada’s largest newspaper chain, the Canwest newspapers, led by experienced news executive Paul Godfrey. The other was the launch of a hyper-local, […] more »

Open Source Reporting
by Mark Glaser

Every time I sit down to write an in-depth story for MediaShift, I start getting that same sinking feeling: I’m missing something. Did someone else already write this story? Did I talk to all the right people? Did those people tell me everything I should know? Are my assumptions and story angle sound? Did I […] more »

Open Source Reporting
by Mark Glaser

My head is spinning, hurting. I’m not sure which confounds me more — figuring out who YouTube star-of-the-moment Lonelygirl15 really is or figuring out why so many major news organizations have taken the bait and played along. I’m hoping that you, dear MediaShift readers, will take my pain away and help solve the mystery once […] more »

Open Source Reporting
by Mark Glaser

Whether it’s the Iraq War, the events of 9/11 or the Department of Homeland Security, government conduct (or misconduct) is what you’d like to see investigated most. I asked a very open-ended question to you last week, “What investigative report would you like to see done?” Your answers included many bread-and-butter issues such as health […] more »

Open Source Reporting
by Mark Glaser

A couple weeks ago, I was trying to come up with a way to sum up some of the many concepts I’ve been illustrating on this blog. How could I do that in a simple, catchy way? The result was the Oldthink vs. Newthink post, where I simply listed the old ways of doing things […] more »

Open Source Reporting
by Mark Glaser

We are a culture that thrives on immediate satisfaction. We want what we want when we want it. So the idea that we can order any TV show or movie we want — for a small fee or with advertising — appeals to us immensely. Slowly, but surely, the cable and satellite operators are starting […] more »

Open Source Reporting
by Mark Glaser

Last Thursday, I wondered why the Associated Press was launching a new video network online that required the use of the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. The AP’s Sue Cross says that the news cooperative is working on a solution to the compatibility problem, but many readers pointed out that the AP Online Video Network isn’t […] more »


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