A long list from the news reader today:

  • A challenge to professional journalists. Andrew Cline wants political reporters to ask questions that matter. The request is pointed to by CTV’s David Akin. I’m fully behind Andrew and encouraged that David is taking it seriously.
  • Amazing video to study and emulate. Amazing is too strong for Angela Grant’s latest find. Ian’s Peace is a very nicely done video feature from the Raleigh News & Observer. Much to learn from here.
  • The Vigilante Journalist. A longish interview, mostly about U.S. politics, with Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi. Jim Romenesko pointed to it for this bit of overstatement and good advice: “I mean this whole notion of journalism school—I can’t believe people actually go to journalism school. You can learn the entire thing in like three days. My advice is instead of going to journalism school, go to school for something concrete like medicine or some kind of science or something and then use the knowledge you get in that field as a wedge to get yourself into journalism.”
  • Citizen media site sued for libel. Cit-media is stepping up to the pro leagues, at least when it comes to the ability to draw lawsuits.
  • Potts to shake things up at Philly.com. Mark Potts goes from Recovering to Practicing Journalist.
  • Interview with the editor of the Público website. Paul Bradshaw Alex Gamela (see comments) interviews António Granado, the Lisbon-based educator, blogger and editor of the online version of Público, the impressive daily, about the current, slowly-developing state of multimedia and citizen journalism in Portugal. I’m pointing to this for three reasons: it’s interesting to see how media is developing in other countries, Antonio’s blog Ponto Media is a regular read (but a tough one, because my Portuguese is very weak), and I love Lisbon.
  • Twins separated at birth both fail as bloggers. Tom Abate ponders what’s happened with the online efforts of Steve Outing and Scott Adams as he presents a realistic look at the web. It includes this: “For the most part, however, blogs and the Web are distractions.”