Tag: Blogs

Iraqi Uses Web to Chronicle Baghdad Bombing

The Weblog Blog
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.

Internet Magazine, "'Site of the Week" In The News
"Now that US and British forces have stormed into Iraq, more people than ever are watching the news online. And, whether for or against armed conflict, everyone's question is the same - how do I find out what is REALLY going on? "This is where jumps into the spotlight. This site (created by the non-profit American Press Institute) is a fantastic gateway to some of the most innovative, journalism on the Web. It boasts the Internet's most comprehensive list of J-blogs (personal weblogs written by professional journalists). And it will direct you to some of the more original multimedia offerings from many major news organisations. "Visit the special "Great Iraq Online Coverage Gallery" to read personal J-blogs from reporters embedded in Iraq, working for publications with ...

The Power of Blogs

Essays and Commentary, The Weblog Blog
Would former Senate majority leader Trent Lott's endorsement of Thurmond's 1948 pro-segregation platform have become such a big story and led to his resignation if blogger Joshua Micah Marshall hadn't reported it and excoriated the media for ignoring it? Instapundit and blogger Glenn Reynolds, who linked to Marshall's scoop, said, "Several big journalists told me they first heard the [Lott] story from my site, and that they probably wouldn't have thought it was important if I hadn't given it so much attention." But the Lott story could have percolated without him, he told The Baltimore Sun, because some black Republicans were already fuming over the comments. "Like most such things," he said, "how much power the blogs wield is hard to determine." Reynolds said , even blogs like ...

Iraq: The Internet War?

Before a war has even begun, the inevitable stories are already being written about how the war will be covered online like no other war before. Reuters reports that the "maturing Web offers focal point for war coverage." The Associated Press reports that the "Internet serves menu of viewpoints on Iraq." The Guardian reports on "How the net will play a key role in this war." Warblogs," meanwhile, are exploding in popularity. "Blogging is an online equivalent of going to a demonstration,'' said Colin Hunter, a co-founder of on The Station Fire

Convergence, Great Breaking News Work, Great Convergence Work, Great Multimedia Work, Great Use of Community, Great Weblog Journalism, Great Work Gallery, The Weblog Blog
The Providence Journal's Web site has done such a good job covering the fatal fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island that it's hard to know what to single out. In addition to continually updating the site with staff-written stories on the latest developments from the moment the news first broke early Friday morning, the site has published a slew of impressive online-only features, including: A first-person account from a survivor searching for his mystery savior; an online memorial for readers to post condolences for the fire victims; five flash slide shows and video from a partner TV site; useful information such as victim and memorial details; and much, much more. As a public service, the site has not only been running a Weblog of online reaction to the fire by staff blogger Sheil... Stormin' Through

Great Breaking News Work, Great Use of Community, Great Work Gallery
As snow blanketed the East Coast, storm coverage blanketed East Coast news sites. One site that stood out was The Providence Journal's,, which packed in comprehensive reporting with information on local closings, parking bans, travel schedules and how to cope with the snow. The site was also wonderfully interactive with its community, publishing a bulletin board for folks to share their snow storm stories; a spot Storm Blog reporting notes from around the state; and a slide show of reader photos. The last two features mentioned highlight two promising approaches to covering breaking news online that are being used increasingly -- spot Weblogs, such as Florida Today's Columbia landing journal and Spaceflight Now's Mission Status Center; and reader slide shows, such as this fr...

Shuttle Crash News Weblogs

Great Breaking News Work, Great Weblog Journalism, Great Work Gallery, The Weblog Blog
As news on the shuttle's crash came out, Florida Today posted continual updates to its "Columbia landing journal," a Weblog of the failed landing and the aftermath. This was a particularly effective format for breaking news such as this: as tidbits were released, staffers John Kelly, Chris Kridler and Kelly Young added the latest details, getting the news out fast and giving readers an easy way to see the latest news without having to comb through long articles and figure out what's been added since they last read it. This nicely complemented the site's comprehensive coverage, including its exclusive close-up video of the Columbia launch, showing debris possibly hitting the wing. Spaceflight Now's site also ran Weblog-like updates as news broke, in a feature called "Mission Status Center."...

Dave Barry Starts a Weblog

The Weblog Blog
Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry has started a Weblog at, packed with tidbits of Barry-esque humor such as, "SPORTSMANSHIP: The way it works is, if your team wins, you celebrate by wrecking stuff, and if your team loses, you celebrate by wrecking stuff." Barry thanks blogger Ken Layne for helping him get the blog up and running and writes, "NOTE ABOUT THE TWO CUTE LITTLE DOGGIES OVER TO THE RIGHT THERE: Those were not put there by me. Those were put there by Ken Layne. I don't know how he did it, and I don't know how to make them go away. If I did, I'd put cute little doggies on his blog." A few blogs have been speculating as to whether it's the real live columnist or just someone pretending to be him, but Dave Barry tells,...