Online Polls Skew GOP

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Keen observers of online news polls have noticed the results tend to skew toward conservative answers. Now there's proof of that. Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to participate in online surveys, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, in cooperation with the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Half of those who said they like to take online polls were Republicans, while one in five were Democrats and just one in four were independents. The survey also reported that percentage of Internet users who went online for election news in 2002 was 22 percent, up slightly from 15 percent during the last midterm congressional election in 1998.

September Net Traffic Numbers

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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...

Top 20 Current Events & Global News Sites

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Nielsen//NetRatings has released its list of the Top 20 Current Events & Global News Sites for August. August is usually a slow month, but this one was unusually busy, thanks to the West Nile Virus, the ongoing drought, wild fires and the run-up to Sept. 11 coverage. As a result, traffic to most sites increased. will be running Nielsen//NetRatings' monthly news site traffic reports from now on, here. Continue reading...

The Post 9/11 Rise of Do-It-Yourself Journalism

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The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks gave new prominence to the phenomenon of do-it-yourself journalism, from eyewitness accounts to analysis from amateurs, according to a new Pew Internet & American Life Project study. As a result, growing numbers of Americans seem to want to use the Internet to supplement the information they get from traditional media. Read's report on the study. Continue reading...

Archived online coverage of Sept. 11 attacks

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It’s always useful to take a fresh look at the original coverage, both as a reference and to help spark new ideas. Here are some quick links to Sept. 11-related coverage still available online: Newsday: Newsday has kept online a complete archive of the newspaper’s coverage of Sept. 11 and the aftermath. also has a special section on the rebuilding of Ground Zero. USA Today: The newspaper’s site has a nice archive but it’s hard to find. The “America on Alert” index includes related graphics and multimedia and even links to all the “key stories” from Sept. 11 and since then, broken down by day. The New York Times: Unfortunately The Times no longer has a complete Sept. 11 archive online and charges for most stories more than a month old on its site. But links to some of

Online resources for covering terrorism and Sept. 11-related news

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Profnet Experts: A list of experts available to talk about the Sept. 11 attacks. Howstuffworks "September 11, 2001": Answers to basic questions about the September 11 terrorist attack on the United States. IRE: 's Related Web Links: Useful links by category, on everything from aviation to biological warfare. OJR: List of resources by category compiled by Paul Grabowicz. The Poynter Institute's Terrorism page: Essays and tips from the great minds at Poynter. American Press Institute's Special Report: Crisis Journalism: A Handbook for Media Response. News Librarians: A fascinating and useful list of questions posted and answers received to the news librarians mailing list after the World Trade Center attack.'s Attack Links: Short, free list of ba