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Sunday, March 6, 2005

The future of newspapers -- as a business and as a public service -- is the topic of a webcast at 2 p.m. Wednesday, from the Media Center of the American Press Institute. I hope to stop in (online) between classes to catch up with Philip Meyer at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Phil wrote Precision Journalism, the first journalism book I ever read that mentioned computers -- almost 20 years before I got a chance to sit in his classroom. The conference borrows the title and theme of his lastest book, The Vanishing Newspaper, and invites participants to join in, through polls and by posting questions and comments during the event. That fits with the other half of the discussion's title.

See the Media Center site for details and registration, and while you're there, grab a copy of the center's downloadable book We Media, a discussion of "participatory journalism."

As an example, the center's morph weblog already has a discussion of Wednesday's webcast underway.

7:54:43 PM    

A weekly collection of items I'm gradually getting around to reading... or feeling guilty about not reading... or feeling guilty about reading instead of writing... Confession (and linking) is good for the soul...

Hot Story: Crime data compares parolee data by ZIP code
Jeremy Finley of WSMV-Nashville compared prison parolee data to ZIP codes in the Nashville area, uncovering a trend that is populating felons together and trapping ZIP codes in a "cycle of violence." He found the highest number of felons, more than 200 convicted criminals, living in the 37207 ZIP code.
From [Extra! Extra!]

Anything you'd like to ask Rupert Murdoch?
The controversial mogul will be a keynote speaker at the 2005 ASNE convention in Washington.... Got any questions for the mogul who controls the News Corp, Fox Broadcasting Co., British Sky Broadcasting, more than 20 Fox TV stations, and newspapers, magazines and book publishing firms on several continents, among other holdings? [Article publishes contributed questions as comments.]
From []

James Agee Celebration
Knoxville is hosting a community-wide celebration of one of its most famous sons, writer James Agee, and the UT Libraries is joining in the festivities.
The James Agee Celebration will feature film screenings, theater, and exhibitions throughout the spring and - during James Agee Week, April 13-17 - more drama, music, lectures, a keynote address by author David Madden, and the dedication of the James Agee Park.
From [UT Library News] More at UT CCI News and Agee celebration site

Apple Suit Pits Web Reporters, Protections
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Free speech advocates asked a state judge Friday to grant the same protections mainstream journalists enjoy to three independent Web publishers embroiled in a lawsuit that Apple Computer Inc. filed over company trade secrets they obtained....
[From: AP Top Technology News feed] Related links: EFF, Dan Gillmor, J-Log

Former Broadcast Exec Named Distinguished Prof
Ed Spray, former Scripps Networks president, will become an Edward J. Meeman Distinguished Professor of Journalism & Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee in fall semester 2005... He has taught part-time at UT since 1997, and he was an associate professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in the early 1990s.
From [UT CCI News]

Extreme Bookmarking - Selection From 50 Add-Ons
A hot technology trend of 2004 was social bookmarking, with the hype primarily circling around, Furl and Spurl. Last week I dug a little into the technical background of and was astounded at the enormous amount of tools......
[From Robin Good's Latest News]

...more to come

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