b!X's postmortem on Portland Communiqué

· Journalism

The One True b!X shuttered his citizen journalism site in September of this year (it launched in 2002). In Coda he looks back on that decision and elaborates on three major motivators:
* Growing weariness with the prominence of demagoguery.
* Major local stories looming on the horizon.
* Inevitable future dominance of the financial issue.
(See also his article in the Oregonian on the same subject.)

Chris Nolan's 'Spot-On'

· Journalism

I meant to blog about this as soon as I heard, but better late than never. Chris Nolan has rebranded and relaunched her journalistic group weblog (time to update those RSS feeds…). It’s now called Spot-On. The new design is polished and handles the ads much more gracefully.
Chris Nolan is the site’s editor (and still the lead columnist) and the contributing staff has been expanded to include Josh (“Tacitus”) Trevino (who’d already been contributing to ChrisNolan.net – the original Chris Nolan blog), also reporting from San Francisco; Christopher Brauchli, reporting from Boulder; and Deborah Klosky, reporting from San Diego.
A media empire is born.

The Times inching toward a bloggish attitude?

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Metasnark about the Times “What’s Online” column from O’Reilly Radar (The NY Times Gets into the Blog Spirit):

Today’s New York Times’ What’s Online column, by Dan Mitchell, contains this nice little tidbit:

OH, WE HAVE A BLOG? Red Hat Software, the Linux distributor, may have had big things in mind when it started its set of blogs six months ago. But one of them, the Red Hat Executives Blog, contains just three entries: two in January and one in May.

Snarky, snarky, snarky! But correct, as of this writing…. These ‘blogs’ must be quite threatening, for the Times to devote a whole column to slamming them! Of course, at least Red Hat has a blog — search for ‘blog’ on nytimes.com and you’ll find they publish none but (O’Reilly author) David Pogue’s Posts. The search engine does provide this helpful tip, though: “Did you intend to search for bog?”

While they’re at it, maybe the Times can fix Pogue’s RSS feed so that it doesn’t keep showing old articles as new and confusing my newsreader?