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How Holy an Alliance? Booker "Partners" with Patch

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

Lost in the news that Twitter's Biz Stone was joining up with the merged AOL-HuffPo as a "strategic adviser for social impact" was word of another untraditional media joining-of-forces: AOL's local news site Patch.com is going to Newark, NJ, "in partnership with" Mayor Cory Booker. L.A. Times' James Rainey finds it fishy. Who knows, maybe defensive Newark Patchers will pull a TechCrunch and get off some early friendly fire.

Said Patch President Warren Webster, "We are very excited to work closely with Mayor Booker to bring neighborhood journalism, information and social interactivity to one of America's great cities."

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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