April 2006

Top/Popular Blogs
Technorati top 100
Daypop Top Blogs
Truth Laid Bear Top by EcoTraffic
BlogPulse Top Blogs

War Blogs
WarBloggers Yellow Pages

2004 Presidential Election
Blog For America
Joe Trippi
Matthew Gross
Zephyr Teachout
Zack Rosen
Bloggers Covering DNC
Bloggers Covering RNC
Weinberger’s Response to The Negative Publicity That Bloggers Received at the Convention
Democracy for America Meetup
NPR Story
Howard Dean Scream Remixes

Other Political Sites to Note
Liberal Blogs For Hurricane Relief
Relief Connections
John Edwards

Popular Blogs on the Left
Daily Kos
Talking Points Memo
Crooks and Liars
Washington Monthly

Popular Blogs on the Right
Little Green Footballs
Captain’s Quarters
Michelle Malkin

Considered Centrist (Arguable for Some of These)
Andrew Sullivan
Centrist Coalition
Mighty Middle


Jay Rosen’s class has come up with a list of the blogging efforts at the top 100 newspapers in the US. By referring to the two newspapers that you were selected to review,¬† take a brief look at the state of blogging by answering the following questions:

1. What types of topical blogs does the newspaper run/host, i.e., sports, food, etc…

2. What is the gender breakdown of blogging at that specific  newspaper, i.e., how many men to women, and what each gender is responsible for..

3. To what extent does the newspaper link outward to other blogs and MSM publications in their blog(s)?

4. Does the blog(s) permit reader comments?

5. Assess the style of writing, i.e., personal, objective, through a quick perusal of the blog(s). 

Some things we are going to look at in this class session

Early Blogging
Old Horgan Site
Current site
Kevin Sites asked to suspend his blogging activities for CNN
Banjo Blues
Against MSM blogging
How Journalists Use Blogs. See BullDog reporter for a full story on how it is being used

Washington Post Web site
Post Remix
Washington Post Mashups
Explanation of blogging practice
Times Memo

Washington Post Shuts Down Comments
1. Editors on Shutting Down Comments
2. Second Guessing washingtonpost.com’s Jim Brady
3. Transparency at the Post: Q/A with Jim Brady of Washington Post
4. Blog Rage
5. How Much Should You Moderate Comments
6. The ethic of interactivity
7. Time to Get Tough
8. Readers Must Be Transparent Too
9. Post Web Site Silences Public Comments After a Flood of Complaints
10. Washingtonpost.com Walks the Line
11. Readers’ anger forces Washington Post to shut off comments indefinitely
12. The Washington Post Comment Controversy
13. Pros and Cons of Closing a Blog’s Comments

Jay Rosen’s Blue Plate Special
Facts About the State of Blogging at America’s 100 Biggest Newspapers

Below is a list of memetrackers, one of the characteristics of this new media 2.0 world where the collective wisdom of users, voting by their interest in stories, makes it to the top. Many of these sites also allow users to write news.

Memeorandum (Tech)
Pegasus News
Technorati Kitchen
Truth Laid Bear