The week’s highlights from the freelance and digital news biz:
It was a week for debating whether Google and the Internet have hurt or helped newspapers.
- Search engine guru and ex-newspaper reporter Danny Sullivan doesn’t understand newspapers’ anti-Google stance.
- But a poll of 43 mainstream media insiders conducted by The Atlantic and National Journal reveals 65 percent feel the Internet has hurt journalism while 34 percent say it’s helped.
Meanwhile, new forms of online journalism are getting more notice:
- Buzz Woolley, founder Voice of San Diego, the online reporting site, reports being inundated with requests from people wanting to know how they do what they do.
- In the same panel discussion, held at the recent Logan Symposium at UC Berkeley and reported by PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser, the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Robert Rosenthan says collaboration “is going to be very important for profit and nonprofit journalism.”
- ReadWriteWeb interviews David Cohn, founder of Spot.us, the journalism marketplace that lets readers decide what they want to pay to get a story written, on the future of journalism.
A just-launched Online News Association fundraising campaign nets $2,300, enough to offer 31 free memberships. Details at www.Journalists.org.
CBS’ Interactive division launches personal finance and career sites, MoneyWatch.com.
Forbes says it will launch ForbesWoman on May 11. Moira Forbes, daughter of Steve and granddaughter of Malcolm, will serve as publisher of the quarterly print magazine and related Website, which will be sent to Forbes’ 125,000 women suscribers.
News agencies report Iran has formally charged US-Iranian freelance broadcast journalist Roxana Saberi with spying.
The week’s new Twitter tools:
- A geographical directory called LocalTweeps.com. Find me in 97221.
- A collection of WordPress Twitter plugins.
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