Friday note: Iraq war logs, Google’s $5m and media bugs

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Links to stuff I’ve read this week about where news may – or may not – be going:

‘Biggest document leak in history’The Iraq War Logs

  • More bigger leaks (as previously suggested on this blog). This time The Bureau for Investigative Journalism helped Wikileaks work with more news organisations to ‘mediate’ the nearly 400,000 Iraq War Logs. In addition to hooking Assange & Co up with Channel 4′s Dispatches the Bureau for Investigate Journalism (TBIJ) also launched the Iraq War Logs website, with its own stories from the files, and links to original documents.

Google invests $5 million in news, sort of – ‘Google to give $5million to journalism non-profits

  • Google announced it would be putting $2 million towards news innovation in the US and $3 million internationally. In the US Google has given the Knight Foundation charge of directing the money. Internationally… we don’t know yet.

Knight News Challenge 2011 launches

  • Knight launched its fifth – and final? – Knight News Challenge, with different parameters than previous competitions. This time it called for entries in four specific categories: mobile, sustainability, community, and authenticity. The Media Standards Trust was very pleased to be cited as one of Knight’s previous winners along with, Document Cloud, and Patchwork Nation.

von Ahn and Castells at the Royal SocietyWeb Science Conference 2010

  • The future of the web – web science – talks are now available online at the Royal Society. I would highly recommend Luis von Ahn’s lecture explaining how he has used mass collective intelligence to digitise millions of books, and Manuel Castells strong defence of the web as a source of happiness

MediaBugs goes national – nieman lab

  • MediaBugs, an ingenious online service for capturing mistakes in news and alerting news organisations, announced it was expanding across the US (having previously been based in San Francisco). Next stop the UK?

Written by Martin Moore

October 29th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

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