Blogging late today, and passing along a real potpourri of items:

  • Oil: Key players and movements. Two things here. One is that this is an outstanding example of an interactive graphic that presents a lot of information and invites a lot of exploration. The second is that it drives home how much of the world’s oil (almost a quarter) is sucked up by the U.S., and how much more that is than any other country.
  • The Paper. The Paper, a look at the independent Penn State daily, is one of two excellent documentaries I saw this week, and I can’t say anything more about it than Doug Fisher has written, including the bit about the high cost of buying or renting the DVD. (The other documentary I enjoyed was The Ramallah Concert – Knowledge Is The Beginning, about the Israeli-Arabic orchestra put together by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said.)
  • Going Digital Native: Expanding Howard Owens’ Challenge. Howard Owens is offering an award for a journalist who ups their multimedia and online skills this year. Amy Gahan at Poynter thinks mainstream media and educators should get on board.
  • Read All About It. A great look at newspapers, past and present, from Paul E. Steiger, the departing managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. Worth reading and bookmarking. Via Paul Gillin.
  • Top Underreported Vancouver News 2007. Sean Orr at Beyond Robson has a far-too-lengthy list of local stories that went unreported by the major media in my city. Depressing.
  • In Western Mass, Citizen Journalism Sprouts Wings. Tish Grier has taken a look around and found a wealth of cit-j resources close to her home. There are some interesting sites there, worth spending some time with.
  • Do it: How to hire the best web guy for your Zac Echola lays out the plan for newspapers to get themselves online and provides solid, solid advice. Via Martin Stabe.