Yes! Finally! A MySpace for journalists!

Just what I’ve always wanted! And no, I’m not being facetious.

Here it is — Wired Journalists. It’s the brainchild of forward-thinking, web-embracing journalistic prophets Ryan Sholin, Howard Owens, and Zac Echola. No big surprise there, and I couldn’t think of a better folks to spearhead such an effort. Wired Journalists is already picking up a healthy userbase of professionals from all levels of the journalistic totem pole. God knows I’m definitely at the bottom, so it’s great to have a tool to network specifically with my peers and superiors, many of whom are doing awesome and amazing things with the web. I’m really excited to get some discussions going.

Here’s my profile. If you’re a journalist on the Wired Journalists community, please feel free to drop me a line or add me. I’m psyched to branch out to new people in the field. Don’t be afraid, jump on in!

While I’m on the topic of journalism and the web, I’ll conclude this little post with two links from recent issues of the Christian Science Monitor:

“Can web-based worlds teach us about the real one?”—As an ex-World of Warcraft player (recovering addict, I swear), this whole premise is fascinating. Granted you’ll get a lot of insights on the psyche of 14-year-old boys, but it’s a fun idea nonetheless.

“Newspapers thriving? Yes—in Asia.”—If this article whets your appetite for more information on Asian media stats and ethics, I highly recommend the book “A Public Betrayed” by Gamble and Watanabe. It takes a good look at Japanese popular media, especially the weekly magazine-tabloids called the shukanshi. Anyone who’s ever taken a course on American journalism history and ethics—and hopefully that’s everybody in journalism!—will get a lot out of this book, as it offers powerful case histories in Japan with salient comparisons to American events (e.g. Yoshiyuki Kono versus Richard Jewell).

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