Tag: forums

by Mark Glaser

For an experimental feature that barely registers a blip in reality, the idea of letting sources of stories comment on Google News has stirred up a hornet’s nest in journalism circles and the blogosphere. Two software engineers at Google News said they would be adding limited comments to news stories that are linked from the [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

Yesterday, when I heard a shooting take place in broad daylight down the street from me in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, I wondered what happened, who got shot and thought about how lucky I was not to be out and about with my son at that moment. Later, I got an update from an [...] more »

by Jennifer Woodard Maderazo

Before the web was in widespread use, food lovers would wait patiently for the New York Times restaurant reviews to come out for the hottest new spot in SoHo, or for hometown papers to write up the little Korean joint that just opened down the street. We relied heavily on that system of stars, dollar [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

Lately there have been a lot of happenings in the world of hyper-local citizen journalism projects. The venture-funded Backfence series of sites crashed and burned, Pegasus News was sold to Fisher Communications, and the Washington Post launched its first hyper-local effort, LoudonExtra. The idea behind many of these sites is to capture the smaller stories [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

When local news aggregator Topix decided to set up online forums last December for every city and small town in America, they figured the forums would be a loss leader. After all, online forums have a bad reputation for unfettered discussion, gossip and slander, leading most news organizations to abandon them altogether online. And people [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

The online journalism world has been atwitter about comments on blogs, following on the Washington Post website’s decision to stop accepting comments to its Post.Blog. That happened after the Post’s ombudswoman Deborah Howell didn’t come clean on her comment about indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff giving money to Democrats as well as Republicans. Washingtonpost.com even convened [...] more »