Monthly Archives: October 2007

local.newsdesk.org

Newsdesk.org seeks to innovate in the social arena in which news is produced (by creating a co-op/peer-run newsroom) and in the values that drive the production of news itself (by using the Internet to extend ad-free, nonpoliticized journalism beyond its … Continue reading

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“These guys don’t get it. I’ve got to get out. I’m just wasting my time.”

Newsosaur passes along this quote as part of a comment about the continued failure of commercial/mainstream/traditional media to make good on the promise of the Internet: As if the mainstream media didn’t have enough trouble navigating the uncharted realm of … Continue reading

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Sacred Cows and Chicken-Fried Steak (or, the Bonfire of Objectivity)

I have provided media and campaign advice to San Francisco mayoral candidate Chicken John Rinaldi, and as a journalist and editor, this raises a few questions. One the one hand, that means I cannot credibly provide “fair and balanced” coverage … Continue reading

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The Chronicle’s Homeless Scandal

As has already been observed in these pages, the SF Chronicle (which, let’s not forget, is stuck in a bit of a grim spiral) is not above scandal-mongering for the purpose of boosting traffic and reactions. We first noted this … Continue reading

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Do You Think It’s “Newsy” Enough?

No comment here, except to note that Newsdesk.org first covered this story in 2002 (both the Unocal and Chevron angles), reprised it in 2004, and even did a loosey-goosey blog-style overview last week, given the Myanmar crackdown. So, finally, the … Continue reading

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PBDEs and the Promise of Depth Coverage on the Web

Here’s a hobby of mine — tracking coverage of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (or PBDEs, a flame retardant used widely in upholstery, plastics, etc.) by the SF Chronicle and on SFGate.com. Backstory: For many years, the chemical has been turning up … Continue reading

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