Portfolio blogger Jeff Berkovici dug up some Nielsen BookScan statistics that seem to indicate that The Gawker Guide to Conquering All Media, a glossy hardcover that was published last month, has sold only a few hundred copies. 242 copies, to be exact, though Berkovici … Read more
As a journalist, I'm protected under this new bill. And while most of you would say that I should be happy that I'm fully protected, I think it's a dishonor to the entire blogging community that the average blogger was left out.… Read more
The House of Representatives' vote on Tuesday for a journalist shield bill is a timely example of how legislation can be watered down surprisingly quickly.
Originally the proposed shield law gave a broad immunization to journalists, including bloggers who acted as journalists. But eventually it morphed into a far less protective form.
Here's the progression:
#1 Original version:
The term "covered person" means a person engaged in journalism and includes a supervisor, employer, parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of such covered person.
#2 Second version approved by a House committee:
The term "covered person" means a … Read more
Update 3:10 p.m. PDT: Despite veto threats from the Bush administration, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would shield journalists--and some bloggers--from being forced to reveal confidential sources in federal cases.
By a 398-21 vote, the politicians backed an amended version of the Free Flow of Information Act. Sponsored by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the proposal offers a "qualified" privilege to anyone engaged in journalism, which it defines as "gathering, preparing, collecting, photographing, recording, writing, editing, reporting or publishing of news or information that concerns local, … Read more
The Gawker Media-owned Valleywag might tout itself as "Silicon Valley's tech gossip rag," but the effervescence of Bubble 2.0 has expanded far beyond Sand Hill Road. So far, in fact, that the San Francisco Bay Area tattletale blog--following in the footsteps of TechCrunch, which hired Business 2.0 veteran Erick Schonfeld last month--has picked up a New York correspondent.
The "Alleywag" in question is tech writer Nicholas Carlson, whom Facebook tells me is a 2005 graduate of Davidson College. Valleywag editor Owen Thomas confirmed to me that Carlson is a "newly hired associate … Read more
Anyone regularly engaged in "journalism," which would seem to include some bloggers, wouldn't generally be forced to divulge confidential sources in federal cases under a bill approved Thursday by a U.S. Senate committee.
By a 15-2 vote, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee backed an amended version of the so-called Free Flow of Information Act. Sens. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) cast the "no" votes.
Some form of "reporter's privilege," either through laws or court decisions, already exists in 49 states and the District of Columbia. This bill would … Read more
As I sit here and read news stories each day, I typically find myself coming across articles that discuss the debate on who is a journalist and who is not. And, as a journalist who writes for the so-called "mainstream tech media," the term is thrown around quite a bit. Unfortunately, I just don't understand why everyone cares so much.
Sometimes I'll write a story that expresses an opinion on a topic and readers will call this inflammatory. Even better, some readers will put quotation marks around the term 'journalist' to indicate that I'm not quite there, as if the term means something special. Am I a journalist? Sure, I think so. Of course, some may try to debate that fact because most of my work here on Digi Home is opinionated and for some odd reason, this idea of "objective journalism" has inched its way into the public psyche and created mass hysteria when a "journalist" shoots straight for once. In fact, most of my writing here on the Digital Home is something we call "subjective journalism" that you'll find in each and every major website, newspaper and magazine in the world.
Now, I do write features, product reviews and columns elsewhere and report on stories just as any other "objective" journalist does (objectively, I guess?) and I uphold the standards that's expected of us -- no ownership in companies being covered, never taking freebies, and so on. But alas, it's the subjective journalism that sustains me because, regardless of whether or not you agree, it stimulates conversation and helps create a dialog that fosters change. After all, isn't that the plight of the journalist?
And if you agree that subjective journalism is, in fact, journalism in its finest sense of the term, aren't any and all bloggers journalists as well? I certainly think so.… Read more
I'll admit it: I watched Wednesday night's series premiere of Gossip Girl, the new teen drama on the CW network that details the slightly-too-scandalous lives of privileged young New Yorkers--as chronicled by an anonymous blogger. One of the prominent characters in the first scene is a sleek LG Chocolate mobile phone. The show is packed with MacBooks, BlackBerrys, Sidekicks, and just about any other gadget that the average American high schooler could possibly want.
Before leaving for the office Tuesday morning, I left a note for my housemates on top of our television. "Won't be home till late. I'm DVRing TMZ TV and the new Perez Hilton show. Please do not delete the recordings. This is for work, not a joke."
I'm not one for celebrity gossip. I try to stay on top of what's being talked about, but I don't keep up with Britney's latest epidermal exposures or whether Jessica Alba is single, and the only time I watch the E network is when it'… Read more
Get ready for a contest that's being called "like the United Nations of blogging competitions."
OK, so that's the way the hosts of "Ultimate Blogger 3" are describing the latest season of the Web reality show, which is kicking off this week. (The name of the contest hints that hyperbole is encouraged all-around. So let's go with it.)
The competition's aim? "Trying to find the mastermind of the World Wide Web," as the dreamy, melodic theme song goes. Eight contestants were announced earlier this week, culled from more than 117,… Read more