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February 3, 2009

USA.gov Embraces Web 2.0 Tools

Filed under: federal,government,web 2.0 — Lynne @ 1:06 pm

hp_flag1The federal government web portal USA.gov has a page dedicated to Government 2.0 resources. The Government 2.0 page links to Web 2.0 tools from USA.gov and  other federal government sites. With these tools, USA.gov hopes to engage the public,  improve access, and put a face on  government information and resources.

Here are just a few of the Web 2.0 tools you can find:

    RSS feeds –  Library of RSS feeds from across the government
    Web Chat – Live personal assistance available weekdays from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM Eastern Time

Side note: Do you find the name Goverment web 2.0 a little clunky? You’re not alone. Mashable recently asked its readers to help rename “Goverment 2.0”. Here are the results.


February 2, 2009

Monday ORB Roundup

January 30, 2009

Los Angeles Times stops California section

Filed under: newspapers — Lynne @ 11:40 am

Publisher Eddy Hartenstein has ordered the California section killed, leaving the L.A. Times without a separate local news front for the first time since the paper’s early decades. The publisher decided to fold local news inside the front section — which will be reconfigured to downplay national and foreign news — despite what an official of the paper confirmed for me was the unanimous and vocal objections of senior editors. More from LA Observed.

January 29, 2009

Interactive Map: Jobless rates

Filed under: economy,Internactive,mapping,stateline,unemployment — Lynne @ 2:58 pm


Compare jobless rates across the nation over time in this new interactive map by Stateline. Make sure you click the changes over time text to see how many jobs have been lost since the recession began in December 2007.

January 27, 2009

Susan Gage on Think Out Loud

Filed under: journalism,Oregonlive,podcast,Public Broadcasting — Lynne @ 4:28 pm

As news goes online what happens to journalism? How do consumer habits change? OPB’s Think Out Loud asks the questions.

Suzi Steffen from the Eugene Weekly and adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication and John Yemma editor of The Christian Science Monitor also weigh in.

January 15, 2009

Adults flock to Social Networks

Use of social networking sites among those 18 and older quadrupled over the past four years, according to
a study released by Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Still, its the younger online adults who are much more likely to use social networks. 75% of adults 18-24 using these networks, compared to just 7% of adults 65 and older.

MySpace continues to be the most popular networking site. The study finds MySpace users are more likely to be women, to be Hispanic or black, and to have a high school education or some experience with college; median age is 27. Facebook has 22% of the adult social networking audience. Facebook users are more likely to be men, with a college degree. The median age on Facebook is 26. Six percent of adult social networking users have a profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn users have a higher median age, 40, and are more likely to be male and white and to have a college degree.

Most adult social network users are privacy conscious:

  • 60% of adult social network users restrict access to their profiles so that only their friends can see it.
  • 36% of social network users allow anyone to see their online profile
  • 58% of adult social network users restrict access to certain content within their profile

Pew Internet conducted a survey in May 2008 and December 2008 and compared it against similar surveys it conducted in 2005.

January 13, 2009

Wisconsin Investigative Journalism Center

Filed under: journalism — Lynne @ 12:02 pm

Another nonprofit investigative journalism center forms –

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (WCIJ), based in Madison,
will be operated by a staff of professional journalists under the guidance
of a board of directors composed of nationally acclaimed journalists and
experts in management of nonprofit

WCIJ’s initial partners are Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public
Television and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Full Announcement.

January 8, 2009

Thursday ORB Roundup (interactive edition)

  • Portland Twitters. If you haven’t checked out our Twitter page (another Friesen creation) on Oregonlive you must.

December 31, 2008

Multnomah County Library Embraces Wireless Technology

Filed under: libraries,wi-fi — Lynne @ 1:06 pm

The Multnomah County Library now offers wireless Internet at all neighborhood libraries, Central Library and the Title Wave Used Book Store. Check out this Q&A for the details.

lifestyleb1The freedom of wireless doesn’t stop there.

Multnomah County Library has also added a wireless catalog to its services. AirPAC (a service of MCL Mobile), is a version of the library catalog designed especially for internet ready mobile devices.

This means you can renew items from anyhere, place a item hold while stuck in traffic, or search the library’s holdings for that obscure journal you just came across in your reporting.

December 16, 2008

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