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  • New Foreign Correspondents
    • International Communication
  • Foreign Correspondents
    • Traditional definition (and image)
        • an employee of a large news organization
    • Christopher Allbritton, former AP and New York Daily News reporter
        • $15,000
        • PayPal journalist
    http://www.back-to-iraq.com /
  • Accessing Foreign News 2000 2000 Audience Web sites of newspapers and governments Independent media (challenging MSM) Personal Web sites of citizens in other countries Doesn’t happen a lot
  • Accessing Foreign News 2008 2008
    • 184 million blogs in the world
    • 346 million people read blogs
    Universal McCann More people read blogs for political and international info
  • Global Phenomenon
    • Idea of “Global Village” by Marshall McLuhan
    • Leads to reconsidering the concept of “unequal flow of information”
    • Global Voices Online (millions of blogs)
        • better sources of information “on the spot”
        • question of reliability
        • “ the poor don’t blog” (?) but may eventually
  • Blogs and MSM
    • Some blogs (mega-blogs) become a part of the MSM
    • Majority of media outlets have blogs
    • Blogs used as a source (still not enough)
    • Blogs are almost impossible to replace as the most convenient medium in foreign correspondence
  • London Bombing
    • An open blog by The Guardian
    • Witnesses
    • Collaborative journalism
    • Filling gaps in traditional media reports
  • Power of People
    • Blogs are created by individuals ( The Daily Dish by Andrew Sullivan)
    • Criticizing MSM (traditional media)
        • especially foreign news coverage
        • (Local ) bloggers are able to spot mistakes because they usually know a country better
        • Steel need to speak English
  • Power of People
    • Effectiveness of blogs in dictatorships
        • VOA and BBC were jammed during the Cold War
        • Blogs are blocked
        • Maybe we are just too enthusiastic
  • Bringing ‘em down
    • Some countries introduce licensing procedures for bloggers (or even accreditation)
        • registering with the government
        • Internet access and IP monitoring
    • Jail sentences for “provoking instability and civil unrest” or “creating a negative image”
  • Salam Pax
    • “Dear Raed”
    • Introduced the concept of “bloggers as foreign correspondents”
    • War, problems, opportunities, personal profiles
    • Translator for Peter Maass (Slate Magazine)
    • Why did the blog become popular?
    http://dear _raed.blogspot.com/
  • Salam Pax
    • Started as a personal journal (as many blogs do)
    • Limitations of local media (content and language)
    • What is it like to live in Iraq as an Iraqi?
        • personal details
        • personal routine
    • The Guardian publishes some posts and treats them as “foreign news”
  • View from Iran
    • Iran has 23 million Internet users (34% of population)
        • around 100,000 blogs
        • 70% of Iranians are under 30 years old
        • the most blogged country in the Middle East
  • View from Iran
    • Anonymous way to communicate (in and outside Iran)
    • Bloggers are punished for their posts
    • Written in English
        • posts assume that readers are not familiar with life in Iran
    http://viewfromiran.blogspot.com /
  • Radio Free Nepal
    • Anonymous authors
    • Sharing information/news
    • Drawing attention to the situation in Nepal
    • Acting as foreign correspondents
  • Akaevu.net
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Prezident Akaev
    • Public protests and even revolution
    • No information on the events
        • Neighboring countries are silent
        • Russian media condemned the revolution
        • State media are pro-Akaev
  • Akaevu.net
    • “Down with Akaev”
    • Alliance of bloggers/Web reporters
        • witnesses
        • pictures and videos (cell phones)
        • forums
        • media reviews (local and foreign)