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Here are three examples of citizen journalism websites you might want to imitate: The first example comes from the UK - a blog called BloodandProperty This blogger was brought to my attention by UK Guardian blogger Dave Hill (  who refers to him (or her?) as "a Londoner who is inquisitive, persistent, literate, sane, interested in local issues and very interested in politics." Hill has added BloodandProperty to his list of Top London Bloggers. One reason Hill listed BloodandProperty was that the blog recently scored an interesting interview with a Hackney town council leader. This achievement of a locally focused blogger demonstrates that bloggers who develop a following with well written, well delivered news will even... (more)

Citizen Journalist’s Car Torched

A citizen journalist for a California weekly newspaper said her car was bombed in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 11, and now she has been asked to move out of her home. Bianca Koch, a resident of Ocean Beach and a freelance reporter who has had articles published in The Peninsula Beacon, said her 1991 BMW convertible's top and interior were completely burned out and the exterior suffered substantial damage. One of Koch's neighbors reported the fire about 5 a.m. to the San Diego Fire Department, which was able to extinguish the blaze within minutes after it began. Fire... (more)

"What's New and Exciting About the Web Right Now?" Asks Time Magazine

Time magazine has chosen what it considers to be the top 50 web sites of 2007 - sites that show, "...exceptional style and smarts, sites that offer new and improved ways to access and share content, generate our own and otherwise enrich the online (and off-line) experience." In the Social Networks category, the top sites included among others StumbleUpon, Hitchsters (a carpooling site), and LinkedIn. Among the News & Information sites that made the Top Fifty were (a banking site), (a campaign finance analysis site), and, a "citizen journa... (more)

Google Considered Buying the New York Times: Report

Oh, my sainted aunt. Google thought about buying the New York Times, according to Barron’s, which got it from somebody else’s interview with Ken Auletta, author of Google: The End of the World as We Know It. Reportedly the hands of Google co-founder Larry Page and CEO Eric Schmidt were stayed by the thought that the deal would “sabotage” Google’s status as a neutral source. Auletta, who generally writes for the New Yorker, said the reason they were interested is the fact that “Google’s search engine depends on good information.” ... (more)

Asia Can Help Lead Climate-Change Fight with Green Dollar Spending

As officials meet in Copenhagen to hammer out a new global climate-change policy, the NGU (Next Generations Utilities) Summit was announced in Sentosa early next year by giants Tata Power and Kepco. Alongside fifty other key Utility providers in the region, the meeting - run by GDS International - was called to discuss the impact of the Copenhagen Conference and to discuss Green Dollar spending in the region. Such large operators are looking at Asia's innovative companies like Suntech in China who have taken the lead in producing silicon-based photovoltaic cells and wind-power pro... (more)

Gitmo Comes to Mom's Neighborhood

The proposed transfer by the federal government of some prisoners from Guantanomo Bay to a underused state prison facility in Thomson, Illinois hits home for me, literally. My father was from Thomson, and my mom lives there now. She could walk from her house to the prison in about 15 minutes if she wanted to. Thomson is a Mississippi River town, but unlike most, safe from the river. A state campground borders the river, with the town itself lying a few hundred feet above the river. The Army Corps of Engineers has had a long presence here, digging a channel to widen the river decade... (more)