Surprised I haven't bumped into this until today. Gelf is a new webzine run by "two and a half guys" -- former WSJ staffer Carl Bialik, former Wired reporter David Goldenberg, and Economist reporter "Dino" Kakaes (the "half guy" -- the Economist still takes a lot of his time). Lots to say about this great new pub, which is pushing the limits of a fun 'zine/group blog, and is already embarking on some unusual journalistic adventures (like their weekly review of media corrections). But don't take it from us -- to learn more, check out the hilarious "mock-FAQ" here. If this takes off, who knows -- maybe Dino will quit his day job.
It's taken us a long time to post on this subject. A respected freelance journalist is undergoing a thorough examination of her career. Why? Because two stories that she posted for the MIT Technology Review were corrupted by false testimony provided by an anonymous source. The Review retracted the stories -- the right move -- and an investigation into Delio's oeuvre has ensued.
We've hesitated to write about this because we are a long-time fan of Ms. Delio's work, and we are most inclined to believe that she is innocent. The media/PR blogger world has been quite silent on this subject, and we think we know why: Ms. Delio's record suggests that this is not Stephen Glass territory, and as media bloggers we must pause before fanning the flames that threaten to consume yet another journalist.
Adam Penenberg, a contributor to WiredNews.com and a journalism professor at N.Y.U., will be conducting an investigation into the hundreds of article that Delio wrote for that publication. Penenberg, you may recall, was the Forbes.com reporter in 1998 who broke the story of Stephen Glass's fabrications in The New Republic.
Infoworld has modified its online version of Michelle Delio's cover story this week, noting that "certain quoted material has been removed because its veracity could not be confirmed." The subject of the cover story? Corporate blogging, as noted here. A strange twist of fate: one of the most important stories on corporate blogging -- the new engine of corporate transparency -- is collateral damage in the war for transparency.
eWeek reports that Bloglines -- now an AskJeeves property -- is "offering the ability to track packages shipped through United Parcel Service Inc., FedEx Corp. and the U.S. Postal Service." "RSS is a very powerful technology, and we continue to enjoy the fact that more and more RSS information is available," said Mark Fletcher, general manager of Bloglines.
Actually, it wasn't so hard after all.... Today we formally launched eastwikkers, our new service for businesses that are looking for ways to integrate new-media tools into their marketing programs. As many of you know, we've been rolling this out slowly -- a "soft launch," if you will -- with several client projects, and posts on this site. Already three Eastwick clients are collaborating on the eastwiki, our agency-branded wiki powered by Socialtext. We'll soon be sharing success stories, as we continue to build out the service.
Here's what we said in our announcement this morning. The theme is collaboration.
At the core of eastwikkers is the eastwiki, an agency branded collaborative workspace powered by software vendor Socialtext. Several Eastwick clients have already begun using the eastwiki to manage internal and external communications with new media tools such as blogs, wikis, and RSS. The eastwiki was built with the knowledge that the new media sphere is increasingly promoting a more collaborative approach to corporate communications.
Eastwick is assisting clients in using the wiki to build private and public workspaces including private rooms for reporters, client collaboration sites, and topic-focused public wikis for corporate and non-profit projects. In addition to the agency wiki, the new service will provide consultation in new media training, best practices in corporate blogging, and collaboration with globally distributed marketing teams.
Thanks to Dan Gilmor for posting this one. Florida's Herald Tribune reports that Mike Vasilinda, a long-time Florida freelance reporter, has been earning PR fees from some of the organizations he routinely covers.
His Tallahassee company, Mike Vasilinda Productions Inc., has earned more than $100,000 over the past four years through contracts with Gov. Jeb Bush's office, the Secretary of State, the Department of Education and other government entities that are routinely part of Vasilinda's stories.
"Blogging for Business" is this week's cover story in Infoworld, one of a handful of trade publications that have been tracking the emergence of blogs and wikis in the enterprise. In a related feature, Eastwick partner Socialtext gets praise for a hosted solution that "combines the simplicity of wikis with blogging and collaboration functions that help avoid e-mail overload."
It's an occupational hazard, notes Steve Rubel. Super bloggers Robert Scoble, Mark Orchant, and Neville Hobson are all feeling the need to pull back a bit. And in a recent wiki discussion, we worried about the pressure many bloggers feel to "report on every relevant thing" that comes across our screens. In that same discussion, ProfNet's Dan Forbush recalled theater artist Richard Foreman's observation that "we're all becoming 'pancake people' -- 'spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button'." A gruesome warning that perhaps we all need to slow down, focus, and relax. (Have an egg cream -- works for us).
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal says that blog ads are on the rise, yet many advertisers are still uncomfortable about a medium they can't control.
[M]any companies are wary of putting their brand on such a new and unpredictable medium. Most blogs are written by a lone author. They are typically unedited and include spirited responses from readers who can post comments at will. Some marketers fear blogs will criticize their products or ad campaigns. And, like all new blog readers, companies are just learning how to track what's being said on blogs and which ones might make a good fit for their ads.
Slashdot commissioned a survey of readers of its RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) feed to determine just how its readers are using RSS technology now and detect future plans and platforms for accessing content via RSS. While most of the tech blog’s readers acquire their Slashdot RSS feed from the site directly, some RSS users rely on RSS aggregators, such as Yahoo! or Feedster, to streamline content and deliver only the information they request right to their desktop from a range of sources.