One word: Humans. Snap has proven it can get a scoop without sacrificing reliability. During the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August, Nick Bell’s team assigned a producer in New York to create dispatches for Our Stories. That meant scanning public Snapchat posts from within a few blocks of the protests, and gathering video and interviews from Snapchat-using journalists on the scene. Around 3 p.m. on Aug. 12, a short video clip posted on Snapchat appeared to show police arresting James Alex Fields Jr., the man who allegedly drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 other people. On Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, the footage would have gone viral before it could be confirmed; and, in fact, screenshots of the Snapc...
An Australian TV network, the Seven Network, is doing an interesting experiment using the Google+ social network’s video Hangout tool. The TV show Sunrise used the tool to show viewers live coverage of five backstage areas on the show via Yahoo!7, and on air. (more…)
Jimmy Guterman, the editor known for running The Industry Standard's "Media Grok" and then briefly an attempt an independent successor, "Media Unspun," has begun a Weblog for the Online Journalism Review covering what media types are saying about coverage of the war in Iraq — called "Media on Media." "It's strictly inside baseball: This is coverage by a journalist of how journalists are covering other journalists," he says.
Knight-Ridder received a lot of criticism last year after it moved all of its sites to one Web publishing system and gave them a similar cookie-cutter look -- but one of the things the new system has enabled it to do well is share content across sites. A good example of this is its Iraq coverage. In particular, check out War Watch, a good blog edited by two SiliconValley.com staffers that can also be found on sites like philly.com and miami.com.
An Iraqi who calls himself Salam Pax has been writing a Weblog from Baghdad, filing wry accounts of daily life from the heart of the war zone and developing such a large Internet following that traffic caused his server to go down. Salam Pax, a pseudonym crafted from the Arabic and Latin words for peace, is the only resident of Iraq known to be filing accounts of the war directly to the Web, according to Reuters.
After an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about CNN Correspondent Kevin Sites's great blog from the Gulf, he writes, "I've been asked to suspend my war blogging for a while." Apparently the blog wasn't authorized by CNN. "I don't want let you down -- I'm chronicling the events of my war experiences, the same as I always have, and hope to come to agreement with CNN in the near future to make them available to you in some shape or form, perhaps on this site."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter M.L. Lyke and photographer Grant M. Haller are among a group of journalists embedded with U.S. forces on board the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and Lyke is writing a continuous Weblog for seattlepi.com about her experiences, called Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. "Being first on board has advantages. I've got a bunk, called a 'rack' onboard. Late-arrival media will have to sleep in cots. I'm in the Mary Todd Suite, directly below the steam-powered catapults that launch jets into space with a thunderous shudder, night or/and day. I flinch on the first launch, shoulders up around my neck. My body shakes involuntarily. Within an hour, I don't even blink. That's life onboard: The weird becomes the norm, in quick order."