Special Features

Behind the Scenes: Media Unspun's Demise

Behind the Scenes, Business Bytes, Special Features, The Weblog Blog
As Media Unspun prepares to shut down on Friday, publisher Jimmy Guterman says in a Q&A with CyberJournalist.net's Jonathan Dube that the only way for independent Web publishers to survive is by banding together as a network to "preserve our idiosyncratic voices, but share a business back end." He also says, "Journalistic Weblogs have to be two-way to work, otherwise they're either vanity publishing ventures or traditional columns pretending to be hip." Media Unspun, an online and e-mail publication analyzing media coverage of technology business news, will suspend publication on Friday Dec. 13, unless a major sponsor or investors is found before then. Continue reading...

Behind the Scenes: Fiore's Animated Cartoons

Award-Winning Work, Behind the Scenes, Great Interactive Storytelling, Great Online Commentary, Great Work Gallery, Special Features
When one thinks of online journalists who are doing innovative, enlightening work that truly takes advantage of the medium, Mark Fiore is one of the first names that comes to mind. Fiore recently won the 2002 Online Journalism Award for commentary and was a finalist in the Creative Use of the Medium category. In this Q&A with CyberJournalist.net's Jonathan Dube, Fiore explains why "technology doesn't make the cartoon" and that the key to making an animated cartoon effective is "having something to say." You can see dozens of Fiore's wonderful cartoons at http://www.markfiore.com. (more…)

Online Impact of CNN-ABCNEWS Merger

Business Bytes, Special Features
Rumors continue that executives from ABC and AOL Time-Warner's CNN are pondering a merger of their news networks. While the move would be significant to the journalism and television worlds, the move would be equally significant to the online sector, according to this report from comScore Media Metrix. "Without question, a combined CNN-ABC News online news network would make it the leader in its category - particularly in the U.S.," the report says. "Collectively, these online news networks reached (an unduplicated) 24.7 million unique visitors in September 2002, putting the combined entity ahead of AOL News (a CNN sister company) by 5.1 million visitors." Continue reading...

Behind the Scenes: Gotham Gazette

Award-Winning Work, Behind the Scenes, Great Enterprise Work, Great Interactive Storytelling, Great Sites, Great Use of Community, Great Work Gallery, Special Features
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...

Behind the Scenes: 'Amtrak: All Aboard?'

Award-Winning Work, Behind the Scenes, Great Enterprise Work, Great Multimedia Work, Great Work Gallery, Special Features
The Christian Science Monitor's 'Amtrak: All Aboard?' is a wonderful multimedia look at Amtrak's troubles, incorporating audio, Weblogs and interactive maps. In an essay for CyberJournalist.net, News Producer Ben Arnoldy explains how csmonitor.com produced the package, which is a finalist for the Online Journalism Awards that will be announced this weekend. Continue reading...

September Net Traffic Numbers

Business Bytes, Convergence, Resources, Special Features
The Nielsen//NetRatings top Current Events & Global News Sites numbers are out for September. The Associated Press, Belo and the Drudge Report dropped off the Top 20, while the Boston Globe, McClatchy Newspapers and the WorldNow network of local television sites joined the list. If you're not familiar with WorldNow check it out -- the company now has partnerships with 143 local television stations. Continue reading...

Behind the Scenes: SonicMemorial.org

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The Sonic Memorial Project is a searchable audio archive of immediate, first-person accounts chronicling Sept. 11 from almost every vantage point, collected by NPR's Lost and Found Sound and the public broadcasting community. The project's impressive site, SonicMemorial.org, was built by Picture Projects, an award-winning interactive documentary company. The site's unique Sonic Browser interface enables users to zoom in and out on specific sounds while ambient audio plays in the background. CyberJournalist.net's Jonathan Dube asked Picture Projects cofounders Alison Cornyn and Sue Johnson about the making of SonicMemorial.org. Continue reading...