In loving, living memory, John Melançon 1928 – 2007
Disclosure: Richard Anderson was a fellow winner of the Knight News Challenge (for rather a great deal more money).
This article caught my particular attention because i had met the owner in the context of his project to open source Village Soup's "successful community news software, combining professional journalism, blogs, citizen journalism, online advertising and 'reverse publishing' from online to print."
How someone becomes an expert by saying things people with power want said.
This is incredibly sad.
At the end of an article in which Mayor Bloomberg stated that protesters can stay in Zuccotti Park / Liberty Plaza, and then some he said / she said lazy reporting, Politico included this, only he said, extremely lazy reporting:
Like its dictator-nailing subtitle, “Granito” often feels in its certitude like an inversion of vintage neoconservatism.
How to Nail a Dictator
Opens on Wednesday in Manhattan.
Directed by Pamela Yates; edited by Peter Kinoy; produced by Paco de Onís; released by Skylight Pictures. At the IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, at Third Street, Greenwich Village. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 43 minutes. This film is not rated.
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Editors love it when they get complaints from both parties. They say it proves they aren’t biased one way or the other. But it just as easily could prove they’re doing such a lousy job that everyone is appalled.
Now it appears the self-anointed tribunals of truth can’t even recognize political bias when they are immersed in it. We don’t know who discovered water, but we can be pretty sure it wasn’t a fish.
[late and horribly hastily submitted to the ACME conference]
Self-rule in any group or society needs democratic communication. Equal power or participation call for equal access. A transparent way for people to filter for the most important messages can be an essential tool in working together for a better world.
But most internet communications today follow one of two paths:  someone is in charge of deciding what gets on the list, creating a top-down newsletter,  a noisy mess of chaos where the loudest members get the most posts.
Content has a life cycle of it’s own and the value of content is pretty much built up by it’s freshness (how breaking is the content), how unique is it, and how emotional the content is. Breaking news content will always be in high demand. The life time and stickiness of the content improves with supporting relevant material such as context, facts and opinions, together with providing the audience with the capability of interacting with the content with ratings, comments and topical forums.