When a citizen journalist trainer in Malaysia inquired about presenting a
copy of our book, “Handbook for Citizen Journalists,” to each person
attending their training session, my co-author and I wanted to make it
Their event was imminent so shipping the books from the USA to Malaysia was
not possible. I Googled "digital printers Malaysia" and contacted the one
that looked best and sent in a request for a bid with information about the
deadline. The printer responded immediately and after several exchanges of
emails, the deal was done.
The printer printed and packed 200 books for Maran Perianen, a trainer of
Malaysian citizen journalists, just in time for his weekend conference.
"The citizen journalists were impressed with the book," Perianen, told us by
"I also plan to give the book in my future training for their reference,"
said Perianen, who a... (more)
Here are three examples of citizen journalism websites you might want to
The first example comes from the UK - a blog called BloodandProperty
http://bloodandproperty.blogspot.com/. This blogger was brought to my
attention by UK Guardian blogger Dave Hill
who refers to him (or her?) as "a Londoner who is inquisitive, persistent,
literate, sane, interested in local issues and very interested in politics."
Hill has added BloodandProperty to his list of Top Londo... (more)
Whether or not the following story is true, the lesson it teaches surly is.
On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his three
1. The best doctors should carry his coffin;
2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones…) should be
scattered along the procession to the cemetery, and
3. His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see!!
One of his generasl who was surprised by these unusual requests asked
Alexander to explain.
Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:
I want the best doctors to carr... (more)
I'm showing my age here, but there is an old country song performed by the
late Tennessee Ernie Ford titled "Sixteen Tons." The song is about a
miserable coal miner who could never seem to get ahead no matter how much
Number 9 coal he could haul out of the mine.
The chorus went like this:
"You haul Sixteen Tons, whadaya get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store."
We could update that song now and call it "Sixteen Hours". For many, it seems
that no matter how hard or how long we work we still end up owi... (more)
Citizen Journalist on Ulitzer
The American Revolution produced many notable newspapermen who wrote
passionately in support of independence and who injected into their writings
the idea of a free press. Many of their writings helped develop the press
freedoms that were written into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
That is why the United States has been the world leader for press freedom for
well over 200 years. The US press earned the title of the “Fourth Estate”
because it positioned itself as a watchdog over the government.
This privileged press status is unique to the US a... (more)