Online Journalism

Examiner.com writers can save their work using this screen-scraper script written for the purpose

I've been writing for Examiner.com for over 7 years, and with the news that they're going to shut down I needed to retrieve over 540 articles to repost them on my own website. Lesson learned - it's better to own your own platform than to write for someone elses platform. Anyway, the result is a Node.js script I'm calling articlescraper. The purpose is to traverse an index page that might be split over multiple pages, then extract the articles from the pages linked from the index.

The demise of examiner.com, what's it mean for citizen journalism?

examiner-logo-blue.jpgIt wasn't that long ago that online news sites began killing off the traditional news services. Many newspapers and magazines have either shut down (costing many cities a vitally necessary check on local government), or else shrank, or else transitioned to an online service. A generation of writers and journalists are under turmoil in a time period where we desperately need a check on the powerful elite.

Online journalism websites that pay writers real money

The dream is to earn a living as a writer, living wherever we want, working whenever we want, writing about whatever we want. There are many sites dangling an offer in front of us - write news-style articles online, that will be aggregated into Google News, Bing News, Yahoo News, and get paid a penny per page view. The writers are expected to be Journalists, and might be affronted to be called bloggers.

Learning from this week’s crash course in citizen journalism

As newspapers and other traditional media outlets continue to lay off reporters and even shut down their printing presses, one of the big questions has been what will fill the gap that is left — where will the journalism come from?

Could Kickstarter be used to crowdfund journalism?

Curious idea - use of crowdfunding systems like Kickstarter to raise funds enabling journalists to cover stories. I suppose the result would be people paying for stories they'd like to be covered.