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10,000 copies of the Daily Tar Heel stolen

Breaking News
Updated 10:07 a.m.
The Daily Tar Heel was the victim of a widespread larceny early this morning when at least 10,000 of its papers were picked up in mass right after they were delivered to their destinations. Unknown persons lifted the papers, of which each person is allotted one copy, from almost all of the newspaper’s campus bins and several in town. University police are investigating the incident. The DTH also is reprinting 3,000 copies of today’s issue set to be available around the Pit in the early afternoon. We apologize for any inconvenience. You can read all of today’s stories as well as view a full PDF of the issue [at the paper’s website]

Most popular articles of the day online:

  1. Sigma Chi guilty on hazing charges
  2. Buckeyes roll into town for a showdown
  3. Neither system all that fair anyway
  4. 7,000 of us want your seat
  5. Congress covers tickets, safety

UPDATE: Sigma Chi, already suspended til 2009 for hazing violations, fesses up to newspaper theft.

Google Answers — GoodBye

All too human, Google Answers has now expired. The Answering service, which approximated a paid reference librarian service, never answered the question “Why should I get my answers here and pay when I can ask Yahoo! Answers for free?”

JJB, Fred and ClaimID in Christian Science Monitor

JJB is revealed for his hidden cuteness factor, Fred explains the origins of ClaimID (and tells his own well-kept secret in the process). Read it all at the CSM.

Bob Stevenson dies

Just learned that my journalism colleague Bob Stevenson died on this Saturday afternoon. Bob was a remarkable fellow who claimed that “My life is unremarkable.” That was about the only thing that Bob got wrong.

Deadly Tornado in Eastern NC

The wind was blowing in sheets today as I tried to get from the School of Government back to join a conference call in Manning Hall. I stayed inside and called in by cell.
The folks down in the Delco-Riegelwood area near Whiteville, NC weren’t lucky enough to be inside a nice stone and brick building. The trailerparks and other homes were blown to bits killing as many as 9 people according to the most recent reports.

The Whiteville News Reporter has the story and chilling pictures of the damage.

Dan Gillmor – Monday at 4

Dan Gillmor
What: We the (Traditional) Media: As citizen media explodes, journalism organizations are finally beginning to understand — and use — the tools and techniques. We’ll look at how this is happening, how far it may go and why it matters.
Who: Dan Gillmor, Director of the Center for Citizen Media and author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People
When: Monday November 13 beginning at 4 pm
Where: Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC-CH


Dan Lucas made a poster for Dan Gillmor here.

Gillmor: “We the (Traditional) Media” on Nov 13

Dan Gillmor
What: We the (Traditional) Media: As citizen media explodes, journalism organizations are finally beginning to understand — and use — the tools and techniques. We’ll look at how this is happening, how far it may go and why it matters.
Who: Dan Gillmor, Director of the Center for Citizen Media and author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People
When: Monday November 13 beginning at 4 pm
Where: Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC-CH


Carrboro News Site upcoming

I understand that the new coming in December, I believe, Carrboro hyper-local news site will have a Common name. I’m told to keep parts of this underwraps, but I know some of the people involved and the online journal/newspaper promises to be an example of hyper-local online excellence in journalism.

Carrboro has the Carrboro News, which seems to be asleep since irregularly publishing fairly often over the summer, and a low power FM station, WCOM.

As I’ve noticed earlier some Chapel Hill magazines want to claim and cover Carrboroin hopes of being cool by association with the Paris of the Piedmont, perhaps.

Gillmor in Commonwealth

Dan Gillmor will be here on Monday November 13 speaking on Citizen Media at 4 pm in Wilson Library. Dan Kennedy has written a great profile of Dan in the new Commonwealth — online at MassInc.

Upcoming speakings etc.

October 31 – Paul Jones speaks to news room at News and Observer (internal only sorry) about news as conversation and citizen involvement in political and investigative reporting.

November 9 – As part of the Office of Technology Development’s Carolina Innovations Seminars, Paul Jones be speaking on “Open Source Licensing: The Basics, The Benefits, The Buzz” on November 9 from 5:15 to 6:15 in 014 Sitterson Hall.

In the spirit of Openness, please dear readers and potential attendees, use the comments here to let me know any specific questions or areas that you’d like to see covered. I don’t want to talk endlessly on the differences between GPL 2 and 3, for example, unless someone cares, but then if someone does I want to be sure to be prepared and to do a good job.

Readings and postings here.

November 13Dan Gillmor, author of We the Media and director of the Center for Citizen Media will speak at 4 in the Pleasants Family Room of Wilson Library

December 8ibiblio at NCREN Community Day

January 20North Carolina Science Blogging Conference

Google visit in News and Observer

John Murawski used the Health Sciences Library sponsored visit by Google’s Craig Silverstein as an occassion to interview Craig about Google and technology futures in today’s Business section.

A couple of suggestions:

NandO should be sure to print the occasion of a speaker’s visit to UNC in the credits. Health Sciences Library did a great job of getting the word out about Craig’s visit — over 600 people were at the talk — but they could and should get specific credit in articles about the visit.

John did a much longer and much deeper interview with Craig. I was standing there for part of it. The NandO site would have been the perfect place to publish the extended interview. Why not take advantage of that endless space to show off the less general questions that John asked (for example)?

Viscomi and Jones get WRAL love just ran an article on the Wilson Knowledge Trust Awards. Of local interest, two of the winners were William Blake expert Joe Viscomi and myself.

Silverstein, Gillmor, Weinberger – all coming to UNC

Upcoming speakers of interest.

Craig Silverstein
Google‘s Tech Director will be speaking on Thursday, October 26 from 4 – 5:30 at the Medical Biomolecular Research Building here at UNC-CH. Details here.

Dan Gillmor
Dan Gillmor is director of the Center for Citizen Media, a project affiliated with Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
He is the author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People (2004; O’Reilly Media). Dan likes to say that he “spent almost 25 years in the newspaper business, and am proud of it.”
He’ll be visiting the UNC J-School and giving a public talk at 4 pm Monday November 13 in the Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC-CH.

David Weinberger
The School of Information and Library Science’s 2006 Henderson Lecture will feature Dr. David Weinberger who will present, “Everything is Miscellaneous” at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2006 in the Murphey Hall Auditorium (room 116) on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A reception will follow.
You probably know David Weinberger as the author of The Cluetrain Manifesto and of Small Pieces Loosely Joined and of the blog, Journal of Hyperlinked Organization (JOHO). He’ll be here for the UNC Symposium on Social Networking as well.

Bloggers in the Q (NandO)

If you can find the online Q section of the News and Observer, you’ll find a pile of writing and reflection on blogging and blogging ethics by local bloggers.

Amongst those featured are Anton “Mr Sugar” Zuiker who has organized more blog meet-ups and teach-ins than anyone I know of. The short of Anton’s message “Do unto others.” There is more of course.‘s Ruby Sinreich wants reporters to credit bloggers when they take bits from the blogs. This is not a new complaint. OP is a rich source for local reporters who for some reason don’t think that OPers care if their community gets the credit. Note from Ruby: We do care.

Martin Kuhn, who developed his bloggers ethics guidelines in part in my seminar, has his good work summarized as part of the piece. It would have been nice, Martin might say ethical, if NandO had also linked to the blog on which Martin created his ethics outline. I will here.

A little sidebar gives brief voice to other local bloggers, most of whom I didn’t know, Sue Sturgis, Nancy Baker, Chris Anderson (of Lulu and Raleighing, not of Long Tail) and Gary Kueber. NandO does link to each of their blogs showing good form.

The main article by Eric Ferreri seems to have been inspired by the blogging of KC Johnson about the Duke Lacrosse team’s problems (KC defends them mostly) but the article grew far beyond that and is better for having done so. Eric does a good job of discussing the problems of accountability and the challenges to new blogger/journalists. Great quotes from Martin Kuhn and good research help out.

But try to find the stories on the News and Observer web site, where one might expect to see them prominently displayed. You can’t find them at all! You can barely find the Q section even if, like me, you were looking for it. NandO’s content-ignorant layout jambs the Q under Local and State in on the main page with no description or content revealed and under News as well as State and Local on the pull-down. Q however is more of an Opinion/Features/Forum section. Not exactly News and not entirely Local and State (although there are local interests and sources). Inconsistant as well as hidden from the folks who might want to read and react or just read and appreciate the discussions.

What would a blog entry be without a rant?

Citizen Journalists shine light on Congressional Spouse-hirings

The Sunlight Foundation‘s Family Business Project asked citizen journalists to find out how many members of the House of Representatives have their spouses on the payroll.

In less than 2 days, “Citizen Muckrakers have investigated 437 members of Congress, and tentatively found 19 spouses who were paid by a member’s campaign committee-totaling some $641,200 since January 1, 2005.”

The organizers at Sunlight can hardly believe it themselves — and they promised to start the verification process on Monday.

Sunlight Labs
offers a number of cool tools for watching Congress and they promise more.

If you have skills, they are looking for an intern.

Corp Blogging in NYTimes

In the Circuits Networking section, Matt Vilano writes on corporate blogging, the support for it and the lack of training and education for the same in an article entitled “Blogging the Hand that Feed You.”

Of particular interest: “A joint study released this summer by the American Management Association and the ePolicy Institute, an organization that helps companies set up Internet rules for employees, indicated that fewer than 2 percent of 416 responding organizations have educated employee bloggers about the First Amendment and privacy rights.”

British Library says Copyright Law Needs Fixin’

via EduPage, which summarizes CNet’s fuller article of 25 September 2006:

The British Library has called for a wide-scale revision of existing copyright law, which, it said, inadequately addresses digital content, putting too much control into the hands of content producers and owners. Lynne Brindley, chief executive of the British Library, took aim at digital rights management (DRM) technology in particular, saying that it allows content producers to prevent legitimate uses of content, such as for academic purposes, for archival efforts, or for making content available to people with disabilities. Calling the problem a global issue, Brindley said that without “a serious updating of copyright law to recognize the changing technological environment, the law becomes an ass.” The Open Rights Group supported the library’s call for revising copyright law, saying that the current situation “allows publishers to write whatever license they like, which is what is happening now.” The British Library also said the question of orphaned works should be addressed–works whose proper copyright owners cannot be located easily or at all.

Lynne Brindley is a member of the Wilson Academy with whom I visited in Granada earlier this year. She has a great pull out quote in the CNet article: “Unless there is a serious updating of copyright law to recognize the changing technological environment, the law becomes an ass.”

Dan Gillmor – Nov 13 at 4pm here

Dan Gillmor

What: [Working on a title but it’ll be on Citizen Media of course]

Who: Dan Gillmor
Director of the Center for Citizen Media
Author of “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism, by the People, for the People”

When: 4 pm Monday November 13

Where: Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC-CH

Edgers on Byrds

Early Byrds

In the Boston Globe today, Geoff Edgers reviews and recaps Roger’s band, the Byrds, on the occassion of the release of a new boxset of their work. Amongst the Edgers work is a great narrated slideshow of the band’s history and an oral history constructed from interviews with the living band members sans David Crosby.

Tibetan Wireless on ABC News

Phuntsok skypes to say namaste and to say that ABC News just ran a story on Wireless in Dharamsala by Xeni. Many of the same pictures and much the same story but to a different audience than Wired, Boingboing or even NPR.

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