HEART on Ulitzer
Ulitzer.com, the first revolutionary "new-media" platform in the
world, announced today that the news syndication for the Holocaust Research
Project topic on Ulitzer has been expanded to include breaking news from news
wires as it happens.
HEART on Ulitzer was launched on April 9, 2009. The aim of H.E.A.R.T is to
inform and educate people about the Holocaust and the extermination programs
conducted by the Nazi regime throughout Europe during the Second World War.
H.E.A.R.T research and material is contributed from a group of independent
Holocaust researchers who devote their spare time to research for the
production of this website and other forms of related publications, such as
leaflets and books.
H.E.A.R.T is run by its trustees and directors, who manage the daily
administration of the website, review all research materials, fact checking,
and ... (more)
Haiti Earthquake on Ulitzer
What Haiti has been through is unthinkable.
The White House is urging us to contribute through The Red Cross, or to have
$10 charged to your cell phone by texting “HAITI” to “90999.
It also suggests finding more ways to help through the Center for
International Disaster Information.
Curiosity is the lifeblood of a citizen journalist
Lots of folks ask us, “What makes a good citizen journalist?”
The short answer is passion. But a good citizen journalist needs more than
just passion. Six proficiencies that a good citizen journalist needs to
Curiosity. Curiosity is the lifeblood of a good citizen journalist. It’s
what keeps the mind alert and the stories coming. The mother of a childhood
friend of mine once said, “All you boys do is go around turning over rocks
to see what’s beneath them.” She was talking about our insatiable
curiosity. A good citizen journalist always turns over rocks, opens closed
doors, peeks behind the curtains and wonders, “What is all the commotion
about?” Situational awareness. If you have this quality, it means that at
all times you are aware of what is happening around you. Lots of people
don’t pay any attent... (more)
Local newspapers and business-to-business publications face similar
challenges as drastic drops in ad revenue drive equally drastic drops in
relevant and compelling content. But for newspapers, ad revenue declines
are exacerbated because the highly profitable classified advertising sections
have almost disappeared as readers flock to the Internet. Moreover,
business-to-business magazines that are well positioned still offer uniquely
valuable niche content that helps readers succeed. Their readers still count
on them. That’s not so true for our local dailies.
I believe that the potential nail in the coffin for local newspapers is the
ease with which readers can access national and international content thanks
to the Internet. Conversely, I believe that the potential salvation for
local newspapers is to become resoundingly local.
Local Newspaper News Monopoly Disa... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
Another incident on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) hits YouTube, and the
world is once again asking the question if BART Police are using too much
force, the police acted appropriately, or if BART passengers simply recorded
a snapshot in time that could be interpreted at a later date. In the recent
past, to find out what happened during an incident such as the most recent
BART scuffle, you would be dependent on a newspaper's beat journalist to hang
around a police station. He'd get a copy of the official police report,
perhaps talk with one of his friends on the force, and transcribe what he
Now news and media are real time. You can get Twitter tweets and video feeds
from mobile phones, laptop computers, and reporters on the scene with CNN (or
other international news sources). In many cases even established news
outlets are starti... (more)
Dr. Ron Ross joined today Ulitzer as a citizen journalist columnist and
blogger. His first Ulitzer column "Citizen Journalists are Passionate about
Freedom of the Press" was publish under Ulitzer's Citizen Journalism topic.
Ron Ross' first job was as a newspaper delivery boy for the Omaha World
Herald in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He earned his first byline front-page story
as a writer for his high school newspaper. While in high school, he served as
a Citizen Journalist by reporting all of his high school sports scores to a
local radio station. After high school, he entered college and graduated from
Nebraska Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965. He
pastored church in Kansas, and then took his wife and two children to Zambia
(in central Africa) for seven years of in-service to his denomination as a
Upon return to the United States he pasto... (more)
A tremendous amount of research, writing and editing has gone into this
landmark book for citizen journalists being written by the National
Association of Citizen Journalists’ Ron Ross and Susan Cormier. However,
the book is not finished. In fact, it is still undergoing some serious
rewrites and additions.
Briefly, Ross writes from his perspective as a former publisher and
hyper-local news website owner in need of citizen journalists. Cormier writes
from her 28 years of experience in the media arts, including stints as a
broadcast writer, legislative bureau chief, city editor and now citizen
But before the book goes to layout and design, YOUR INPUT IS REQUESTED!
Please take a look at the outline for the book and then click here to take a
survey concerning this product. YOUR INPUT is VALUABLE BEYOND WORDS.
We want this book to answer the questions that ci... (more)
Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer
Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer - The National Association of Citizen
Journalists was formed out of a need that I discovered as the publisher of a
weekly paper in suburban Denver.
For more than a decade, I published a popular, free entertainment weekly
tabloid in Douglas County, Colo., that had lots of fun stuff to read and to
do and lots of ads, but very little news.
In 2001, I started a section in my paper that featured news items concerning
local people and events. I sought the help of several active citizens
expecting them to provide news for these pages. Many that I talked to thought
it was a great idea and promised they would send me news.
No one did – well, almost no one. Most of the news in the section came from
two or three public information officers bought and paid for by the offices
they were serving. The rest of it I gleaned ... (more)
Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer
Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer - At the National Association of Citizen
Journalists we believe all journalists should live and work by certain core
values. We have 15 Core Values that we promote at the NACJ. The following is
Core Value #4 – Accountability to the Public:
A citizen journalist’s highest obligation is to the public he or she
serves. He is answerable for the truth, fairness and usefulness of whatever
he writes. The Hearst Newspapers’ Statement of Professional Principles says
it well: “We place our readers’ interests above all others and dedicate
ourselves to the principles of truthfulness, fairness and independence.”
The meaning of this core value is simple: Serve the best interests of your
audience first. Citizen journalists will -
Revere the public’s right to know above any interest whether personal or
public. Citizen journ... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
Take a plastic world globe and place a pin on roughly where Silicon Valley
Then tie a piece of yarn to the pin and extend it to any country around the
With a quick visual conversion, the length of the yarn shows the approximate
number of years for that particular country to get hit with the
"new-media" tsunami forming in the United States.
What am I talking about?
Europe and Asia Historically Followed U.S. Two Years Behind
Well, traditionally for any technology trend to reach from the United States
to Europe and Asia took a couple of years.
If we observe the recent "made in the USA" tech trends, let's
say virtualization or cloud computing, which we happen to follow very
closely, we see a two-year delayed adoption rate in Europe.
We also see Asia and the rest of the Far East catching up surprisingly faster
than the rest of the world.
Haiti Earthquake on Ulitzer
In 36 hours, donations made via mobile phones for Haiti Earthquake Relief
have surpassed $7 million across all the short codes managed by the Mobile
Giving Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping other
non-profits raise funds through mobile.
This amount represents a mobile-giving record for funds raised for a single
cause. But there is a long way to go.
As more organizations support relief efforts in Haiti, additional short codes
are available for making monetary donations to help those affected by the
By texting a keyword to a designated short code via a mobile phone, a
micro-donation of $5 or $10 can be made to aid the millions of people
affected by this tragedy.
100% of your donation goes to the recipient charity, and the donation appears
as a charge on your carrier bill, standard rates may apply... (more)