Saturday, December 30, 2006

Internet trumps MSM with video of Saddam Hussein execution

This morning I tripped across this unofficial video of Saddam Hussein's execution, apparently taken on a cellphone camera by a guard or witness who was in the room.

Unlike the official video released by the U.S.-backed Iraqi regime, it includes the moment when Hussein is dropped and a shot of him moments after death with the noose still around his neck.

The video once again underscores the role that so-called "citizen journalism" (if this can be categorized as such) plays in our connected world.

While news organizations debated what and how much to show of the execution if and when any video or photos became available, this video was apparently already circulating online.

The person who uploaded it had only this to say:

Originally posted as a link on the Something Awful forums, I saved and uploaded it to google video before the it died

Monday, December 04, 2006

Gannett's newsroom has mojo: Decentralized, online and hyperlocal

The future of the newsroom is news without the room according to at least one media organization, an article by the Washington Post's Frank Ahrens suggests.

Newspaper chain Gannett is experimenting with mobile journalists or "mojos" who rove the community and report in depth on whatever is happening in the local community -- no story is too small.

Darkness falls on a chilly Winn-Dixie parking lot in a dodgy part of North Fort Myers just before Thanksgiving. Chuck Myron sits in his little gray Nissan and types on an IBM ThinkPad laptop plugged into the car's cigarette lighter. The glow of the screen illuminates his face.

Myron, 27, is a reporter for the Fort Myers News-Press and one of its fleet of mobile journalists, or "mojos." The mojos have high-tech tools -- ThinkPads, digital audio recorders, digital still and video cameras -- but no desk, no chair, no nameplate, no land line, no office. They spend their time on the road looking for stories, filing several a day for the newspaper's Web site, and often for the print edition, too. Their guiding principle: A constantly updated stream of intensely local, fresh Web content -- regardless of its traditional news value -- is key to building online and newspaper readership.

Saturday, December 02, 2006


Our crack team at the CBC technology news unit is making some changes that will enable us to cover more news and improve our ability to communicate with readers. We're still working out the details but you can guess what's coming based on the subjects this blog covers. Keep your eyes peeled for the next few weeks. You won't be disappointed.