NowPublic – Intellectual Property Rights ignored?

NowPublic was a crowd-sourced citizen journalism site based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, founded by Michael Tippett, Leonard Brody and Michael E. Meyers in 2005.

In addition to its contributors, NowPublic also had a content-sharing agreement with the Associated Press. The crowd-sourced site was so successful that Time Magazine called NowPublic one of the 50 Best Websites of 2007.

NowPublic-ImageMainstream media types may gripe about the absence of safeguards ensuring the validity of news reported by the blogosphere, but nowhere are the merits of citizen journalism more apparent than at NowPublic. At this “participatory news network,” a.k.a. bastion of “crowd-powered media,” anyone can write a story, or upload images, audio or video. Whatever gets the most votes from the reading masses—the site gets about 1 million unique visitors per month—ends up as the lead story. (NowPublic has “guest editors,” “wranglers” and an “actual news guy” who keep an eye on things, giving advice to contributing reporters and shepherding the best, most timely stuff through, but nobody on staff makes actual editing changes to the content.)

NowPublic now counts nearly 97,000 contributing reporters in more than 140 countries around the world. During Hurricane Katrina, NowPublic was there; eight contributors filed on-the-scene reports from London’s Heathrow Airport during the August 2006 terrorism lockdown—while the regular press was forced to wait outside. On June 6 NowPublic’s coverage of a storm in Oman made it to the top of the AOL and Yahoo news sites.

In September 2009 NowPublic was acquired by Clarity Digital Group. Clarity is solely owned by the Anschutz company, an investment company located in Denver, Colorado. According to reports, Leonard Brody assumed the position of President of the Clarity Digital Group and Michael Tippet became the CEO of NowPublic after the sale.

In December 2013 Clarity closed the NowPublic site and redirected it to www.examiner.com.

Read the Rest at –  NowPublic – Why were Intellectual Property Rights ignored? : Politisite.

Media plays ‘Dirty’ attacking Mike Rowe over Walmart Ad

I’m back. Three days of press, five hours of sleep, four bottles of wine, a speech, a job offer, 5,000 form letters, and a couple of good-natured death threats. All because of a commercial that I narrated about American manufacturing paid for by Walmart. Press tours are fun!

ReasonTV-Mike-RoweOscar Wilde said, “the only thing worse than people talking about you is people not talking about you.” I don’t know that I agree with Oscar, but one things for sure – there’s no such thing as “free press.” I just goggled myself and the results are too rich to ignore. Lets start with this journalistic masterpiece from Matt Hardigree. http://jalopnik.com/ford-drops-shill-for-the-oppressors-mike-rowe-from-truc-1526805143

“Shill for the Oppressors!” Is that not fantastic? I should make new business cards. I’m sure Matt’s a swell guy, but unfortunately, he’s so eager to report on a story that doesn’t exist he’s resorted to a career in fiction. Matt believes that my recent work with Walmart drove The Ford Motor Company to fire me after seven years of service. He sees some sort of conspiracy at work in a recent Ad Age article, where according to him, every one played just “a little too nice.”

Read More Media gets ‘Dirty’ over Mike Rowe Walmart Ad : Politisite.

 

Andrew Malcolm Interview – Convergent Media Pioneer

haAndrew Malcolm’s media career began when he was introduced to a Foreign Correspondent at his Prep School in the late 1950s.  Since then, he has been able to surmount multiple media platforms from his print media days as an Editor, Columnist, National Correspondent, Foreign Correspondent and Bureau Chief in Tokyo, Toronto and Chicago for The New York Times, Press Secretary for First Lady Laura Bush, writing ten books and then blogging for the Los Angeles Times and finally at Investor’s Business Daily.  Andrew is also widely known on Twitter and other social media platforms and is the Tuesday Co-host of the “Ed Morrissey Show.”

AndrewMalcolmPolitisite Politics and Entertainment writer, Kevin Williams, had a chance to speak with Mr. Malcolm for an extensive interview covering a wide range of topics including his start in Journalism, covers his print and multimedia career, his political outlook and his advice to beginning bloggers and journalists.

We believe this interview to be the quintessential guidebook of sorts for anyone interested in new media, journalism and political blogging.

Enjoy!

 

Read the Full Interview at PolitiSite

Arianna Huffington acquires Right-Wing Politisite for $3.25 million – April fool Hack

Arianna Huffington put the finishing touches on Friday on its $3.25 million acquisition of Iron Mill Interactive Media’s Politisite and unveiled six new additions to the site’s reporting team.

Marking its largest acquisition under the Politisite deal and is a key part of Iron Mill Interactive Media’s turnaround plans.

The Politisite, which has more than 2.7 million unique monthly U.S. visitors, will be integrated with Arianna Huffington Media in a new division called the Politisite Media Group.

Huffington, will serve as Politisite’s president and editor-in-chief.

“Through this acquisition, Arianna Huffington is accelerating its strategy to deliver a scaled and differentiated array of premium news, analysis, and entertainment produced by thousands of writers, editors, reporters, and videographers around the globe,” Arianna Huffington said in a statement.

Arianna Huffington said the combined entity will have a user base of 117 million unique visitors a month in the U.S. and 253 million around the world.

Meanwhile, Politisite unveiled six new hires, “the first in a host of hires” the group “will be making in the next few weeks as it expands its original reporting.”

“These new hires, which are only the beginning, demonstrate our commitment to great journalism. An outstanding team of talented editors, writers, and reporters — ranging from award-winning veterans to budding new journalism stars — will be at the heart of the Politisite Media Group,”

Politisite, formally a Right leaning news group, will transfer all editoral control to Huffington Media journalists.

via Arianna Huffington acquires Politisite for $3.25 million

North Korea will comply with U.S. nuclear inspections, Gets Removed from Terror List

North Korea has agreed to United States Inspection Demands following a Bush Administration Agreement to remove the communist state from the State sponsor of Terror list.

The announcement will come later today as this was leaked by a US Official who asked to remain anonymous.  There have been reports  that North Korea’s, “Dear Leader” Kim Jung Il  is in failing health.  One could speculate that Il’s Health may have facilitated an agreement.

Barack Obama’s Hides 800 Dollar contribution to ACORN, Caught!

While Barack Obama’s connection with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has not gone entirely unreported, it has not been fully explained. Most media background pieces simply note Obama’s involvement in a 1995 lawsuit on behalf of ACORN. Obama’s own website, as well as most major media, fail to reveal the full depth and extent of his relationship with the organization.

Attempts to hide evidence of Obama’s involvement with ACORN have included wiping the web clean of potentially damaging articles that had appeared, and were previously publicly accessible. Unfortunately, those behind the attempted cover-up failed to realize that in today’s day and age, nothing disappears forever. There also exists another layer of the web, the hidden web, which is full of information included in proprietary scholarly databases where these very same “missing” articles can be easily uncovered.

Obama’s campaign website states:

Fact: Barack was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity.

Is that really a FACT, or just another lie? Let’s take a look at a quote from a 2004 article – Case Study: Chicago- The Barack Obama Campaign – written by Toni Foulkes, a Chicago ACORN Leader, which was published in the journal Social Policy. Did we mention that Social Policy recently pulled this particular article from their website, while leaving links to all other articles up?

“Obama took the case, known as ACORN vs. Edgar (the name of the Republican governor at the time) and we won. Obama then went on to run a voter registration project with Project VOTE in 1992 that made it possible for Carol Moseley Braun to win the Senate that year. Project VOTE delivered 50,000 newly registered voters in that campaign (ACORN delivered about 5,000 of them).

Since then, we have invited Obama to our leadership training sessions to run the session on power every year, and, as a result, many of our newly developing leaders got to know him before he ever ran for office. Thus it was natural for many of us to be active volunteers in his first campaign for STate Senate and then his failed bid for U.S. Congress in 1996. By the time he ran for U.S. Senate, we were old friends.

Not only does Foulkes boast of Obama’s ACORN leadership training, but also makes it clear that Obama’s post-law school organizing of “Project VOTE” in 1992 was undertaken in direct partnership with ACORN. The tie between Project VOTE and ACORN is also something that Obama and others have attempted to disprove in recent weeks as ACORN has come under fire for allegations of voter registration fraud.

As recently as March 2008, the Los Angeles Times also made reference to Barack Obama’s involvement with ACORN:

“At the time, Talbot worked at the social action group ACORN and initially considered Obama a competitor. But she became so impressed with his work that she invited him to help train her staff.” (LA Times, March 2, 2008)

All this information was easily pulled up with minimal time investment. It took less than thirty minutes to find, despite attempts by some to bury the truth. If I could find this with little effort, imagine what could be dug up with a serious, in-depth investigation. Scary, isn’t it?

Nevertheless, Barack Obama’s campaign website continues to lie and deny the truth about his involvement and association with ACORN. No matter how many times you say it, it does not make it true. The facts do not lie, Senator Obama. It’s time to come clean and tell the truth, and it’s time for the American people to demand it.

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