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September 27, 2006

NewsCloud Coverage in the Seattle Times Today

I've been missing in action from Evergreen Politics for awhile - but Lynn is clearly holding up the fort and then some. That said, it's because I've been working on my progressive social news site: NewsCloud.com. Please give it a try and email me your thoughts on the site.

NewsCloud

Blogging still personal

Blogs have long been a home for personal essays and observations, but they're also a key tool for citizen journalists. Some of the best-known citizen journalism sites started off as blogs, but have since acquired a more professional sheen. A notable example is Talking Points Memo, a well-read, three-employee political blog that its creator says is profitable.

"What's powerful about what the Web has done is it allowed a lot more voices and information to make it to the surface than ever before," said Jeff Reifman, a Seattle software developer who worked at Microsoft for eight years. Reifman recently redesigned his news-aggregator site and changed its name from CommonTimes to NewsCloud.

But writing is difficult, he said, and it takes time and expertise to cover a "beat."

Generally, people who write blogs are not in it to break news. A recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life project said that only a third of the 12 million American adults who keep a blog consider them to be journalism.

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Posted by Jeff on September 27, 2006 at 11:41 AM in Media | Permalink

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Nice to have you back.

Posted by: Lynn | Sep 27, 2006 9:54:40 PM

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