Help for Haiti’s Journalists

by Genevieve Long for my blog on Media and Foreign Policy for the Foreign Policy Association

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has moved quickly to connect with and help Haitian journalists impacted by the recent earthquake there.

CPJ has responded with direct assistance for basic daily needs to “get them on their feet again”, according to the organization.

CPJ’s Journalist Assistance program is cooperating with Jean Roland Chery. He is a reporter for Radio Haiti-Inter who lives in New York, but maintains an outstanding network of contacts on the ground in Haiti. Through Chery, the CPJ has been able to develop a network of on-the-ground contacts to reach journalists, see what they need, and find out whether partnering with local organizations is possible.

Chery’s blog about Signal FM tells about the only Haitian radio station to have broadcast continuously before and after the Jan. 12 earthquake.

The organization is also in touch with Guylar Delva, Haiti’s leading press freedom advocate, and head of SOS Journalistes, which protects local reporters and promotes professional journalism.

You can read about his experience in the earthquake on the CPJ Blog.

Not All Web Sites Are Created Equal

by Genevieve Long for YPNation

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The news that the lauded Editor & Publisher (E&P) has been sold and will survive to fight another day was officially announced last week. E&P, which has undergone many incarnations, mergers and forms since its founding in 1884, was in danger of dying. Fortunately, the E&P magazine and Web site were bought by an Irvine, California-based company called Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. Well, maybe it was fortunate—it’s hard to say so early on.

That’s because although it seems like a happy ending, anyone who has spent time in California knows that it’s a state of suspended reality and trendsetters. Trendsetters like McIntosh, a newspaper publishing company, tend to have money. But in the case of E&P—a resource that has no comparable equal in terms of reporting on the news industry and being a resource for those who work in it—being saved from extinction under such conditions wasn’t necessarily the most desirable solution.

In a Huffington Post blog on Tuesday, former E&P editor Gregg Mitchell (who was ousted along with Senior Editor Joe Strupp in the takeover) describes the changes that will now be coming.

“Much of the speculation about the “new” E&P has been on the decision to focus on business and tech/press room issues. Many observers in recent days have warned that the “E” will be largely taken out of “E&P.” McIntosh pointed to this for The New York Times, as it reported: ‘Mr. McIntosh said in an interview that he wanted to shift Editor & Publisher’s focus toward the business and technology of the industry, with less emphasis on what happens in newsrooms.’”

Add to this that E&P Pub, the Web site’s newsroom-oriented (and most popular) blog, was shut down.

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