July 10, 2008

Nieman Watchdog Feature

Wow. I’m still a little overwhelmed. For the last few weeks, I’ve been working with Barry Sussman of the Nieman Watchdog project in preparing an article about the military analysts expose. Yesterday it went live:

Showcase: The History Commons: an online tool for journalists

When I first proposed the article to Barry, I didn’t realize the caliber of people previously showcased. The entire section is here, see for yourself:

Nieman Showcase

Some of the finest minds in journalism are represented in these pages. I am very humbled and honored for the Commons to be featured in the same section as these folks. But on the other hand, I think we have plenty to offer them in return.

I’m done blowing our horn. I’m proud and pleased and I invite you to take a look for yourself. But I do want to share one more thing with you. In another Showcase article about Phil Meyer, the eminence grise of the UNC School of Journalism, Meyer said the following:

The hunter-gatherer model of journalism is no longer sufficient. Citizens can do their own hunting and gathering on the Internet. What they need is somebody to add value to that information by processing it – digesting it, organizing it, making it usable.

Professor Meyer was talking about the press, but I think his words apply just as strongly to what we do at the Commons.

You can be part of the Commons as well. Join us.



  1. This is great news! HistoryCommons is in for some growth.

    Comment by na3s — July 12, 2008 @ 4:40 am | Reply

  2. Thanks, na3s. I’m proud, pleased, and hopeful that this can spark some new activity in the community.

    Comment by Max — July 12, 2008 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  3. I agreed with you

    Comment by Gafthacenaite — August 3, 2008 @ 11:34 am | Reply

  4. Gafth, I appreciate it.

    Comment by Max — August 5, 2008 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  5. I´ve been following your timeline on the Pentagon attack and you mention the arrest of 3 fake firefighters quoting from Goldberg et al/ Pentagon 9/11.
    Was there any follow up on these guys? Court records, police statements/records, media reports? I´ve searched everywhere and have drawn a blank.
    Also the mysterious ´Johnny´ the fake military man. Were there any interviews with the firemen who mentioned him? Particularly Gray and Beer?
    I would have accepted that it was a concerned citizen/loner but the firefighters actually are quoted as being introduced by ´Johnny´ to more military friends and that ´Johnny´had introduced himself as an intermediary for PenRen.
    ANY info would be much appreciated.

    Comment by Brendan — July 26, 2009 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

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