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September 2009 Archives

Should You Believe Everything You Read Just Because a Reporter Writes It?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.


It's amazing how unused to receiving criticism reporters can be. Since writing about the future of journalism in Chicago this week here on Chicagosphere (and my Chicago Carless and Huffington Post Chicago bylines), I've been inundated with comments from reporters telling me that I don't have the right to share my opinion or voice dissent when it comes to reporters...because I'm not a journalist myself. (For example, see Kane County journalist Dan Campana's comments here.) In today's video post I ask my audience, do you think you should believe everything you read just because a reporter writes it?

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Why the Sun-Times Deserves to Die

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

(UPDATE 9/23/09: This story continues on my personal blog, Chicago Carless, in today's post: "The Day Michael Miner Killed Commentary".)

The Chicago Sun-Times deserves to die. Here's why.

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Columnists on Chris Kelly

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

For the past four days, columnists across Chicago have been opining at length on the death of former Blagojevich adviser and fundraiser Chris Kelly. Most have stretched hard to forge news out of speculation. But some have allowed the story to be as simple as, in all likelihood, it really is.

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Now on Sale: Social Media Management?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

No organization would ask an intern to manage its communications or marketing departments. So why do so many of them put volunteers in charge of their all-important social media efforts?

Tuesday afternoon, an all-too-familiar email went out to participants from last month's C-BOM blog sustainability meeting. I won't name the organization it came from, but here is a portion of their ask...

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Chicago Online News: The Best of What's Left

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

chitowndailynewsLast week's sudden shut-down of Chitown Daily News means one fewer online source for independent community news about the Windy City. If you're hoping to find a local online news site, here's a look at the best of what's left.

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BREAKING: Chitown Daily News Shutting Down

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

chitowndailynews[UPDATED: 3:44PM] As initially reported on Gapers Block, the Windy City's leading independent local news website, Chitown Daily News, has laid off its reporting staff and is shutting down, to re-tool as a for-profit venture. The surprise news comes in the wake of the C-BOM bloggers meetup called last month to discuss ways to make financial ends meet on the local blogosphere.

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Navigating Oprah Winfrey's Michigan Avenue Closure on CTA

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

oprahctaWhether you're an Oprah Winfrey fan or not, if you're traveling through downtown Chicago and the Near North Side over Labor Day weekend and the first workday to follow, chances are you'll be significantly impacted by Winfrey's two-and-a-half-day closure of North Michigan Avenue--Chicago's most important transit bus corridor--to tape the season premiere of her talk show. If you're a CTA rider--and heaven knows you should be this weekend--here's what you should know about the detours.

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Chicago Bloggers Discuss Online Sustainability at C-BOM

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

cbom0830--credit--stevedahlmanOn the morning of Saturday, August 29th, more than two dozen Chicago bloggers sat down to talk about the future of the local blogosphere at the C-BOM: Chicago Blogging & Online Media meetup. The invitation-only event was an opportunity for Windy City scribes to continue a discussion about community sustainability begun earlier this summer by third parties in the nonprofit and journalism communities. On Saturday, however, the bloggers finally had their say.

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