blocked in Iran reports Editor Craig Kanalley

I updated a Poynter E-Media Tidbits story about BreakingTweets last week, and now BreakingTweet’s founder and editor, Craig Kanalley, reports that it has been blocked in Iran. As I’ve written, BreakingTweets is a great combination of human and computer to produce news from Twitter that you can see at a glance. The BreakingTweets editor does the time-intensive searching and verification among the many, many tweets out there with #iran, etc. On Wednesday, we had our usual hits from Tehran University and other places throughout the country, per host network stats and other information from Google Analytics. But Thursday, our usual visitors via Google, Twitter, and other sites — none could get through.

Adopt-a-Stimulus-Project and Report on it

From Pro-Publica comes this invitation to find a project you can eyeball and then to watch it and report back on whether everything is on the up and up. Got time? Worried about fraud or malfeasance? Get involved and by joining with lots of other citizens, lets’ keep the stimulus projects honest. It is never too early to start watchdogging one of the largest spending bills in U.S. history – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Demotix plus openDemocracy a new model for journalism

Editor-in-chief of openDemocracy Tony Curzon Price, commenting on the Demotix site, echoed the sentiment “we’re rebuilding the media, piece by piece – Demotix’s citizen journalist collective and openDemocracy’s open-source analysis and commentary will bring new media and new models into a mixture of text and picture that is not just a replacement, but better than what came before”. The two sites share a fundamental ethos: open participation and comment with a global reach. openDemocracy functions on contributions from experts and on the ground witnesses, funded by its charitable status, a number of Trust Foundations and individuals. Demotix, founded in September 2008, works by taking user-generated content and photographs from amateurs and freelancers and marketing them to mainstream media agencies. 70 per cent of any fee charged is given back to the original providers of the material.

Deep Throat Meets Data Mining: Algorithms and Humans Adding Value

On a disaggregated Web, it seems, people and advertisers simply will not pay anything like the whole freight for investigative reporting. But Hamilton thinks advances in computing can alter the economic equation, supplementing and, in some cases, even substituting for the slow, expensive and eccentric humans required to produce in-depth journalism as we’ve known it. via Media Articles | Deep Throat Meets Data Mining | Miller-McCune Online Magazine. Economist James Hamilton is thinking abouthow we pay (or won’t pay) for investigative news. By using artificial intelligence to take drudgery out of the reporting, he will cut costs.