Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
The Miami Herald and S. Florida Sun-Sentinel lose a federal lawsuit to overturn a prohibition against street vendors in traffic. (Herald story).
If you're online right now (6 pm Tuesday), check the Heraldcam for an amazing cloud formation over Miami Beach.
Derek has a lovely remembrance on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War.
Monday, July 28, 2003
Ryan at Dead Parrot Society tells us how to find an archive of NY Times front pages: about 18 months' worth.
Via Sheila Lennon: Ms. Musings, a blog on "Women, Media, and Culture" by Christine Capaiuolo on Ms. magazine's site.
And, from a message to NewsLib from Barbara Semonche: Links for copyeditors tip sheet for a class by Semonche, librarian at UNC's Journalism library. Thanks for the mention, Barbara!
Sunday, July 27, 2003
The Miami Herald's Tere Figueras talks to the men who outfitted an old Chevy flatbed and sailed it to Florida. And about that Coast Guard sinking:
"''Nos engañaron,'' Basanta said, quietly. They tricked us."
Saturday, July 26, 2003
I was really surprised and happy to see the new Herald blog promoted on the front page of Herald.com yesterday (pointed out by Mike Meiners in Newslib-L). Since I suggested it (and it took awhile to make it happen) I was never sure if there was a place for a blog in the Real Cities plan (although, of course, Dan Gillmor's blog at siliconvalley.com is extremely popular, and a couple other KR columnists have tried temporary blogs). So it's nice to see it actually coming together.
So now that there are two blogs, where will the reference links go? I'm still planning on putting any new useful links I find here, even if I've also posted them on the Herald blog. But I don't want to duplicate everything so some of the guides and newsy things I might post there won't also show up here. I still think of this blog as the 'News Research' blog so this is where journalism and research news will remain. I still need to get a feel for what the other blog will be, but since it's on The Herald's site and aimed at 'Herald readers' it will certainly be less personal than this independent blog. Maybe it'll be a little like the difference between Derek's Scoop and Blandiose blogs....(Derek, you continue to be an inspiration....)
The useful links....
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Thursday, July 24, 2003
Are online search tools lulling journalists into laziness? in Online Journalism Review. This should be required reading in every newsroom and j-school.
The author of Liberal Media Bias blog has a powerful statement about the Iraq casualties....
Salam Pax had a lot to say about the Uday/Qusay situation:
"...Sanchez speaks only in Militar-ese, meaningless words come out of his mouth while we are all hanging on the edge of our seats waiting for one single picture, definitive proof. It is so easy, all it takes is to show us the friggin’ corpses. They do have them. Someone did see them and when asked why it wasn’t sown to the public they came up with the moral issues stuff. Habibi it didn’t bother you that all those Iraqis, Americans and British are being killed for dubious reasons, so why suddenly become so squeamish? Give the Images to Jazeera, moral issues have never stopped them from showing gruesome images, let them do your dirty work."
And this is what he said yesterday: "just to tell you that i would be really dissapointed if Uday and Qusay were really killed in Mosul. this is just the easy way out for them. they should have been humiliated in public, images of them handcuffed and being pushed around."
...Photodude has a different opinion on the decision to release the photos....
I suggest if you want to bookmark the Herald blog, you book mark the intro page at www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/columnists/liz_donovan/. Because the blog isn't done with blogging software, the permalinks are only linked to the page they're on, and once I start moving files into the archive, I'll have to create new pages for the current blog if I want to keep the permalinks working. That means the page the blog's on today (www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/columnists/liz_donovan/5471055.htm) won't remain current. Unless I can figure out a better way to do this.......
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
We've had some interesting stories about Cuban rafters over the years, but this one may beat all: Cubans try to 'drive' over Florida Straits. Check out the photo.
Let's try this again:
Last week I posted, a bit prematurely, it turned out, a link to a new blog I'm doing on the Miami Herald Website. The blog existed and was expected to go live but it took a week longer than expected. Although some tweaking still has to be done (the link will be under Columnists), there is now a cover page for the blog. This is the direct link.
Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Readers want more coverage of U.S. military casualties in Iraq, according to the reaction to last week's Editor and Publisher story. It just makes sense.
Monday, July 21, 2003
Tony Blair for president: interesting concept. Constitutionally unsound.
An AOL journal: first test of the new blogging service by Dan Gillmor.
Dallas Morning News' EdBlog: editorial board comments and answers to readers' questions.
Are you a threat to the Bush administration? Take this quiz and find out.
Sunday, July 20, 2003
...and time for a few new photos: Daylilies and firecrackers:
Don't you love 'em? Miami's Gene Miller, who's heard a lot of them, tells a few in The Herald today. Is this a great news town or what? (Note my contribution, at the end.)
Also in The Herald: Columnist Robert Steinback starts a new Q&A Forum, where he takes readers' questions/comments on his columns or any other topic they want to discuss.
And: the uncomparable Enrique Fernandez on Celia Cruz. As he did with Compay Segundo a few days ago, he gets to the essence:
"Celia was a contralto, with the power of a tenor. There was something paradoxically androgynous about her. She sang with a man's brute force -- even the voice of the great Beny Moré was more delicate. Yet she danced, moving an hourglass body that was almost mythically female."
Weekend update: The weekly reference collection/research gleanings:
A little late again this weekend, I liked the sunflower photo (below) so much I wanted to keep it at the top of the page as long as possible....
The useful links....
Business, People: no links this week.
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Friday, July 18, 2003
A perfect summer photo, from Cornwall. Charles Winpenny seems to be away, and has posted some of his best recent photos on the Cornwallcam site, so maybe that means this photo will stay for a few days, at least...
Meanwhile, in Murphy....
Officer Jeff Postell given an award by NC legislature; story in the Cherokee Scout. Also in the Scout: Postell catches another fugitive (look down the page in Townsend column). Love that small-town news.
Who copyedits blogs?
The perpetual question, and one that there's no answer for, except, that bloggers fact-check/edit each other. Well, here's my contribution: in Poynter's E-Media Tidbits, yesterday's entry on the death of Celia Cruz says she died in Miami. Not so, it was in Fort Lee, NJ, her longtime home. Her body is being flown to Miami today for a viewing but will be returned to New York for burial.
Need a heartwarming story?
How about this one: Love trumps poverty in custody dispute by Carol Marbin Miller in the Miami Herald, about an unemployed mom finally getting to adopt the son she's raised for four years.
Noticed this morning:
Republicans for Dean, brand new blog.
And: more on the Bob Graham NASCAR truck team by Cammy Clark in the Miami Herald. What a story: first major sponsorship by a presidential candidate, first win in its first race with the Graham logo, driven by Jon Wood of the legendary racing Wood family. Cool!
Thursday, July 17, 2003
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Celia Cruz dies , from Miami Herald; from the Sun Sentinel.
Want to publish a book?
Now you can Do it online. CafePress will now take a PDF file you send them (and give you a link to software to convert to PDF), help you design the book online and set a price, and sell it. They take about $4-5 per book, you decide how much more to charge. If you have a Website you can advertise a link to order form.
Insecurity driving Iraqi women indoors: new report from Human Rights Watch (story). Text of report.
Involving researchers in investigations:
St. Paul Pioneer Press special investigation finds state politicians (including the governor) were paid fees by a phone company which cheated customers. This giant project involved several reporters and researchers and lots of documents posted to their Intranet. (Note researchers' credit on story.)
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Enrique Fernandez on the real Compay Segundo: "Repilado was Eros and Orpheus rolled into one, fueled by a sexual energy that defied age and interpreted by a masterly combination of instrumental dexterity and seductive voice."
the Sun-Sentinel has a music review, coverage of the Havana wake, and AP coverage of today's funeral.)
And, Tom Fiedler announces a new management team for The Miami Herald: four managing editors, a first?
Monday, July 14, 2003
If you're a fan of Cuban music, you're probably mourning this legend (Reuters story). Some links: Obits in Granma, Juventud Rebelde ; info in AfroCubaWeb, includes discography, other information and links, and two Granma profiles in English. Bio from American representation agency International Music Network; Information, photos, album lists, from Slipcue.com; Bio and interview en español from La casa del son.
Sunday, July 13, 2003
The update didn't happen on Saturday since the power company was moving a pole behind our house (the existing wires went too close to the new monstrosity being built right next to our property line). Of course, although FPL reps did warn us the day before that they would be doing the job, they didn't bother to tell us before they disconnected the wire. Good thing I had just saved my work before I walked away from the computer for a few minutes. When I came back, all was dead. We had to leave the house for a couple hours, since inside a Miami house in July is not the place you want to be when there's no air conditioning, or even fans, running. Just another annoyance in the ruination of our once-pleasant neighborhood. How long can we take this? Just the workers' noise and trash is enough to drive us batty....
Anyway, back to the research links, including some different takes on current news:
The useful links....
Public Records, Tools, Florida: no links this week.
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Friday, July 11, 2003
Broward County, FL, schools will put students' attendance records online, so parents can check to see if their kids played hooky today. Herald story; Browardschools.com, Virtual Counselor.
Miami Herald legend retires:
Anne Baumgartner has edited The Herald's Action Line column for over 30 years. This is one of the longest-existing consumer help columns in newspapers, and one of the paper's most popular features. Action line staff must be researchers and reporters in one and Anne is the best. We'll miss her. Too bad the lovely photo that ran in the paper didn't make the online edition.
Thursday, July 10, 2003
Good news for those who use newsreaders: TCPalm has RSS Feeds. This is site of Florida Treasure Coast papers (Stuart, Ft. Pierce, Vero Beach). (via Nathan Ashby-Kuhlman).
You think you get bad assignments? How about this one, the Stinkmeister, at the Philly Daily News?
Another Knight Ridder writer does a blog: Charlie McCollum, Mercury News' TV writer.
St. Petersburg Times researcher Caryn Baird tracked down the little boy who put a message in a bottle in 1984: he died 5 years ago today. His mother, visiting Florida from her Ohio home trying to forget, gets the bottle and the message from her son. A Message from Roger, a great example of what news researchers can do with public records and newspaper databases.
Wednesday, July 09, 2003
After a short trip (in days, not miles). It's refreshing to get out and see America, even if just for a short time, especially on the 4th of July.
I was reminded today by a mention in Al's Morning Meeting of the wonderful E-Podunk website that highlights small town America. A nice place to go for old postcards, information about towns (including, now, census data), and special features like one on the Erie Canal. I'm even more impressed with E-Podunk now that I've found out it is run by former journalists.
Also ran into a couple sites today highlighting places I love: Finger Lakes Region provides (finally) a guide to this wonderful upstate New York area of wineries, lakes, and history (underground railroad and women's movement, especially).
And Apalachicola Bay area, guide to Apalachicola and St. George's Island area of the Florida Panhandle (white beaches, oysters, and more history).
It's nice to be able to look up information about places like this. There are hundreds more great sites like this out there.
The Philadelphia Inquirer did a very interesting story yesterday on The Smoking Gun. This site does something that daily newspaper reporters don't always get to do: they go to the courthouse and get the documents. Basic journalism.
And, if you missed it, Glenn Garvin's profile of Bill O'Reilly in The Miami Herald this weekend is worth a read. Too bad the Web version doesn't have the 1970s photo of O'Reilly as a Catholic high school teacher in Miami, all blue-eyed, long-haired intensity (well, not TOO long). One of his former students:
"And, yeah, he could be a smart aleck. I laugh when I see him on TV now because he's exactly the same way he was back then.''
Thursday, July 03, 2003
...and trying to figure out whether to face the highways this weekend. At any rate, will probably not be blogging for a few days. The weekly update will probably be combined into next week's but meanwhile, the most interesting things out there this week:
Happy Independence Day!