Britannica Free For Bloggers

Britannica Online is waiving (for one year) its $70 premium access fee through a program called Britannica Webshare (via TechCrunch). This program is intended for people who publish with some regularity on the Internet, be they bloggers, webmasters, or writers. We reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who in our judgment doesn’t qualify.” […]

Blogger Wins Journalism Award

Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo and TPMCafe has been honored with a George Polk award for legal reporting and his work on the Justice Department firings of US Attorneys. This is an acknowledgment of the importance of the news/political blogosphere and a step towards recognition that the substance of an investigation is more important […]

Easy Posting

This tip is for anyone who uses Firefox and who wants an easy way to post to a single blog or multiple blogs: get ScribeFire. I’ve just re-installed … my Christmas Eve hard drive crash is still making itself felt as I re-install this plugin or that application. (Secure Fetch was the most recent application.) […]

Blogger Wins Defamation Suit

A South Carolina US District Court Judge threw out a defamation lawsuit filed against a blogger who “published articles on the internet critical of the Plaintiffs’ business.” Here is the key section of this 16-page ruling: [In] determining whether Smith was engaged in news reporting or in news commentating, the court has applied the functional […]

CBC Proposes “Approve Before Publish” Blogging Rules

According to a new “guideline” (not “policy”), any CBC employee — not just those who are journalists — must obtain permission of their supervisor before starting a personal blog that “clearly associates them with CBC/Radio-Canada.” Even after getting approval, the blog “cannot advocate for a group or a cause or express partisan political opinion.” More […]