Author Archives: Leonard Witt

Can Computational Journalism Help Our JJIE.org Grow Even Faster?

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I will be on a Georgia Tech FutureMedia Fest panel entitled: Computational Journalism on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2011 . So you might be asking, what the heck is Computational Journalism. Here is Georgia Tech professor Irfan Essa‘s answer: Computational Journalism is defined as the application of computation to the activities of journalism such as information…

Critiquing the AJC’s Half True Investigative Story

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Today the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is running my truncated rebuttal aimed at its front page story from Sunday, September 4 headlined, “No recession in college pay.” The online headline was “10% of college staff earning $100k-plus.” In writing the rebuttal, I used the criteria of the AJC’s PolitiFact column which rates public statements from pants-on-fire lies…

Graduation Day Congratulations

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 was a good day for our JJIE.org reporter Ryan Schill, for Kennesaw State University and for me. Wednesday, Schill became a graduate of Kennesaw State and editor John Fleming published Schill’s story the Straight Dope on Fake Dope. It’s a well written and researched story, and right after we posted it,…

Interview with Nicholas Kristof: Precursor to His Sunday Column?

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Yesterday, Sunday, April 17, 2011, New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof wrote an opinion piece The Power of Mockery. A month earlier on March 17, 2011, I conducted this video interview with Kristof during his lecture visit to Kennesaw State University. I mention Gene Sharp, the man credited with writing the nonviolence playbook which…

NYTimes Pay Plan — Did Henry Blodget Get It Right 2 years ago?

When I first read the New York Times’ recently announced Digital Subscription Plan, I remembered reading something similar and posting about it at my PJNet.org. Sure enough, it was a piece by Henry Blodget at Silicon Valley Insider entitled Our Plan To Fix The New York Times . It was posted in January, 2009, more…

Center for Sustainable Journalism Posts Editing/Reporting Job

We just posted a new job opening at our Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University. Here is the description: The most unique job in journalism today: We’re looking for a high energy journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit to run the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE.org). This established online news operation is getting local…

How the Atlanta Ice Skating, Street Videos Went Viral

Terri Thornton, a speaker and a regular attendee at our SoCon conferences, tells the story today at MediaShift of how videos of an ice skater on Peachtree Street in Atlanta went viral. Here is one of the videos. And here is her story at MediaShift.

SoCon11: Another Social Media Success

We are beginning to put up photos and content from our SoCon11, social media conference. You’ll find some fun photos from our 5th Anniversary networking party, including this shot of our Center for Sustainable Journalism folks who put on the conference, including from left Noah Echols, Ellen Miller, Leonard Witt, Clay Duda and a masked…

SchoolHouse Witness Project in Knight’s Second Round

I just submitted our SchoolHouse Witness Project idea for the Knight News Challenge’s Second Round. We made the first cut. Now comes the tough part, do we make it into Round Three? This is a partnership with the Konpa Group, which is part of the Ushahidi network, which has done great things in information collecting…

Spokeo: The End of Privacy as We Once Knew It

Everyone talks about how hanging out on Facebook and other digital sites will reveal everything about us. However, even if you don’t have an internet presence, you will have no privacy. See for yourself. Go to Spokeo.com. Type in your name and the whole dossier is right in front of you. It gives me a…