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CBC's great Iraq coverage

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Julia McCarthy writes in: The CBC website coverage on the Iraq crisis is absolutely fantastic. Contains indepth background, different viewpoints, great maps and interactives. Two of my favourites include the military movements map and the photo gallery of inside Iraq. The main indepth page is located at http://www.cbc.ca/news/iraq/. And the links to the two are on the right-hand side under "Latest Features" and "In Pictures". I like the map since it's really easy to use and navigate. And it looks like they'll be updating to follow each day. The Inside Iraq photo gallery works, I think, since it shows Iraqis. It gives a face to the people of Iraq. And I don't see many sites doing that. Thanks for the great site. - Julia

Online Newspaper Shakes Up Korean Politics

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OhmyNews, a a feisty three-year-old South Korean Internet news site, played an important role in the victory of reformist lawyer Roh Moo Hyun in December, The New York Times reports. Would this have happened without the Internet? Unlikely. After OhmyNews ran reports last summer about two schoolgirls crushed to death by a U. S. Army armored vehicle on patrol, a series of demonstrations against the Army presence snowballed into a national movement that many see as having propelled Roh's candidacy. "OhmyNews's reports of the incident were widely seen as forcing the hand of the mainstream media to pay attention to a story that conservative tradition here suggests they might have been inclined to ignore."

TheSmokingGun.com's Unexpected Scoops

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Since 1997, TheSmokingGun.com has published headline-grabbing documents, FBI and police reports and lawsuits -- several times scooping mainstream media on juicy stories, all while not getting sued. "They do a very impressive job of ferreting out public information," Fox spokesman Scott Grogin told MarketWatch. Among the SmokingGun's scoops: Reporting that a finalist in Fox's "Joe Millionaire" had appeared in fetish and bondage movies; publishing the testimony given in 1993 by the teenage boy who sued Michael Jackson for sexual battery and emotional distress; publishing documents in 2000 showing that the star of "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire" had been restrained by a court order from seeing his ex-girlfriend, whom he had been accused of striking. The MarketWatch story includes a vi...

Behind the Scenes: Gotham Gazette

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The Gotham Gazette, an independent Web news site about New York City, recently won the Online News Association's award for Independent Service Journalism for an exhaustive package about Rebuilding NYC in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, including an interactive game where users could design their own vision of how to rebuild lower Manhattan. In an essay for CyberJournalist.net, Gotham Gazette Editor Jonathan Mandell describes how the tiny staff of Gotham Gazette put together this award-winning package. Continue reading...

washingtonpost.com onpolitics

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washingtonpost.com/onpolitics, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive Most Innovative Use of Digital Media, News Event Coverage, Circ. more than 250,000, Digital Edge Awards 2001. Judges wrote, "During a blockbuster year for political news, washingtonpost.com grabbed hold of every stump speech, voting scandal and inaugural ball with invigorating text, audio and video reporting."

Accident Watch, ThemeParkInsider.com

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Winner, Service Journalism: Independent, Online Journalism Awards 2001. A guide to safety at amusment parks across the U.S. The judges said: Relying on a community of users and the drive of a single journalist working in his spare time, this site offers theme park enthusiasts hard information about safety - information that the government probably should provide, but doesn't. Accidents are reported simply and factually, and the site makes a clear distinction between rumor and confirmed reports - especially important when users are the reporters. The judges called it "morbidly fascinating? and really useful."