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The history of citizen journalism is actually the history of journalism itself. Do a little research and you find that citizen journalism pre-dates professional journalism by about 200 years. The first newspaper in the American colonies was published in 1690 and over the next 200 years, printers and newsmen opened hundreds of newspapers with varying degrees of success. During those two centuries, none of the news writers were professional journalists because the profession hadn't been created. The journalists of the day were just citizens who felt passionate about something, owned or had access to a printing press, and started writing, printing and distributing their news however they could - sort of like 21st Century bloggers, photographers and videographers. Perhaps journalism came of age in 1846 when The Associated Press wire service was formed or maybe it starte... (more)

Why Local Newspapers Require Radical Reinvention to Escape a Very Grim Future

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)

Citizen Journalism as a Catalyst for Transforming Media

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 gathered. 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)

A Cold, Wet Blanket of Politics Covers the Copenhagen Climate Summit

The headlines say it all… "Further commitment needed to break negotiation deadlock." The rich nations vs. the poor nations. Industrialists vs. environmentalists. And at the end of the day, looking out over the Pacific Ocean towards Catalina Island from Long Beach, the dense brown sludge of polluted air is a constant reminder we are dumping horrifying amounts of human waste into the oceans and air. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says "world policymakers do not have to choose between a clean environment and economic growth." Schwarzenegger believes people worried about climate change should pay more attention to companies, universities and "ordinary folks" and not put so much emphasis on a multinational consensus. (AP) If you listen to the entrepreneurs and innovators in Silicon Valley, they would tend to agree with Governor Schwarzenegger. Green tech is be... (more)

MDeC CEO Badlisham Ghazali Helps Drive Innovation, Malaysia's Knowledge-Based Economy

Datuk Badlisham Ghazali is the CEO of  Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).  (“Datuk” is an honorific term in Malaysian society that can be used as a rough approximation of “Sir” in the UK.) MdeC is responsible for the country’s MSC, or Multimedia Super Corridor, as it was known when it was conceived in 1996. The MSC covers an area of about 175,000 acres, stretching approximately 30 miles from the famed Petronas Towers in the center of Kuala Lumpur, through a planned “Silicon Valley” region that encompasses the district of Sepang (and the palnned cities of Cyberjaya and Putrajaya), to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. A comprehensive story about the MSC would require at least one book. For now, we just decided to focus on getting some initial thoughts from Mr. Ghazali. With a renewed, recent focus on the potential of Southeast Asia as a major ... (more)

Copenhagen Climate Summit Ends – What Did They Accomplish?

"The Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers, and other heads of delegation present at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen,… Have agreed on this Copenhagen Accord which is operational immediately." And so ends the Copenhagen Climate Summit. But what did the participants agree to? Was it substantial enough to make a difference? Did they silence the skeptics? Will Sarah Palin finally believe Alaska is melting into the North Pacific? German Chancellor Angela Merkel defends the Copenhagen climate summit. In an interview with the German news source Bild am Sonntag Merkel stated "Copenhagen is a first step toward a new world climate order - no more, but also no less. Anyone who just badmouths Copenhagen now is engaging in the business of those who are applying the brakes rather than moving forward." The climate conference ended Saturday w... (more)

Ulitzer Launches Live Breaking News Coverage on Haiti Relief Efforts

Haiti Earthquake on Ulitzer "new media" site launched today breaking news coverage on Haiti relief efforts. Ulitzer breaking news topic publishing live news stories by all leading wire agencies around the world including; Business Wire, PR Newswire, Marketwire,, RealWire News Distribution, ACN Newswire, JCN Newswire, and other news agencies. Ulitzer bloggers Reuven Cohen, John Savageau, Salvatore Genovese, Carmen Gonzalez, David Weinberger, and Ben Behrouzi are actively contributing to relief news updates. Ben Behrouzi, founder of DotNext and co-founder of, a serial entrepreneur from the San Francisco Bay Area, initiated a relief campaign on Ulitzer for the victims of the Haiti Earthquake.  In his blog entry Behrouzi calls everyone to participate on an easy Red Cross donation campaign. "Haiti needs help from everyone and the Red Cross... (more)

Response to Haiti Earthquake Relief Via Mobile Giving at All-Time High Reaching $7 Million in Donations

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 recent earthquake. 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)

Ulitzer Blogger Meets President of Philippines

New Media on Ulitzer Today, I received an email from Inday Vinas, one of our Ulitzer authors, and her photo meeting and shaking hands with Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines. Inday writes: "As a leading Filipino blogger whose success depends on Ulitzer to reach a worldwide audience, I was a special guest of the Office of the President at Convergence 2009, a conference focused on the present and future potential of the Philippines in the field of Global IT." Inday's blog can be found at "The conference was held at the Fontana Convention Center, Clark-Subic Special Economic Zone, Central Pampanga, one of ten designated "Next Wave Cities" in the Philippines. Under Macapagal-Arroyo's administration, the Philippines Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector has grown 100-fold, rising to $7.3 billion in 2009... (more)

Handbook for Citizen Journalists – Coming Soon

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 journalist. But before the book goes to layout and design, YOUR INPUT IS REQUESTED! Please take a look at the outline for the book below and then take a survey concerning this product. YOUR INPUT is VALUABLE BEYOND WORDS to us. We want this book to answer the questions that citiz... (more)

WaveMaker 6.1 Delivers Cloud Portability to Citizen Developers

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! WaveMaker Software, an open cloud development platform, has announced that it has released version 6.1 of its platform, adding one-click deployment to Rackspace Cloud, OpSource Cloud, and Eucalyptus Private Cloud. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Gartner predicts that by 2014, 25% of enterprise applications will be built by Citizen Developers who are not IT experts. By eliminating the complexity of building and deploying cloud applications, WaveMaker 6.1 enables these Citizen Developers to take advantage of cloud computing. The WaveMaker 6.1 release includes significant enhancements : One-click deployment to Amazon EC2, Rackspace Cloud, Eucalyptus and OpSource. Automated multi-tenancy and secure, tenant ID-based data isolation Dynamic widget loading for up to 500% faster pe... (more)