Wednesday, September 10, 2008

YouTube offers journalism contest

The Project:Report online video journalism competition offers a $10,000 fellowship and other prizes through the Pulitzer Center, Sony, Intel and others.

The organization says the competition is "intended for non-professional, aspiring journalists to tell stories that might not otherwise be told."

See YouTube - Citizennews's Channel too, a video blog highlighting news content at YouTube.
2008 Knight-Batten Awards Winners
  • Who's rewriting history in Wikipedia entries?
  • Where can you find a "Truth-o-meter" judging the accuracy of presidential campaign stories?
  • Can "citizen journalism" work in a crisis situation?
  • How can you combine a digital camera and Web mapping to cover community development?
  • Can Web multimedia tell the story of living with HIV?
  • How do state of the art online journalists cover the aftermath of a deadly tornado?
  • Can your video make the grade at CNN?
  • What new tools do citizens hae to track the influence of campaign money on elected officials?
For the answers, look at the projects that have been cited for 2008 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. The coverage of "WikiScanner" took this year's $10,000 Grand Prize for letting people "Vote On the Most Shameful Wikipedia Spin Jobs," but all the winners, honorable mentions and notable entries are worth a look.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Old newspapers... Not just to wrap dead fish and train puppies...

I'll add more to this later, with reference to both my Media History class and my news writing class, which uses a textbook that presents published stories as a brown-edged chapter called "The Morgue."

Google raising newspaper morgues from the dead | News - Digital Media - CNET News:
"Google is making searchable, digital copies of old newspapers available online through partnerships with their publishers, the company said Monday.
Under the ad-supported effort, Google will digitize millions of pages of news archives, including photos, articles, headlines, and advertisements, Google said."
See ProQuest Historical Newspapers and this rather dated item on the National Digital Newspaper Program, which I should update!

For a few more links and quotes, see my longer post at my Other Journalism Weblog or the AEJMC Newspaper Division blog (same content, different context).