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Archive for August 30th, 2009

A New Digital Neighborhood: Nieman Lab at Harvard

Posted by chanders on August 30, 2009

Folks who have been reading this blog for a long time — which isn’t many of you, but I think there are a few of you out there– know that I’ve had several homes for my online writing since 2001 or so. Between 2001 and 2008, I wrote a lot for the NYC Independent Media Center and the Indypendent, mostly media analysis pieces and “traditional” reporting for a pioneer citizen’s journalism project. From 2005 until 2007, I blogged about issues more related to my academic research at “Unpacking My Library.” And since then, I’ve been writing over here at the J-School blog. Now, I’ve got two announcements.

The first is that I have a new academic webpage, http://www.cwanderson.org/ [still under construction]. This is a largely static site, but its meant to be a one-stop repository for my entire digital persona: syllabi, classes I teach at CSI, news articles and op-eds, academic articles, and links to my Twitter feed, my de.lio.cious tags, and  to my blog posts.

That takes me to my second, bigger announcement: starting today I’ll be blogging for the Nieman Lab at Harvard University. Someone once said that the Nieman Lab blog is the CJR for the 21st century, and I’m inclined to agree (though, I like CJR a lot for other reasons, and, in fact, will be having an article come out in it this fall) … so I’m obviously thrilled at the chance to contribute to what they are doing there.

What this basically means for this blog is this: I’ll still be updating it, though generally speaking, my heavy-duty journalism posts will appear over at Nieman. You can more or less expect posts of the same length  (long) and time between posts (intermittent) as here. And I’ll make sure to post a very small excerpt and link of whatever I contribute there onto this blog, so folks can still get a general sense of the entire drift of what I’ve been thinking since 2005.

So, like I said, if you’re interested in what I think is happening in the worlds of journalists and geeks, journalism education, or journalism and public policy issues, point your browsers and RSS readers to the Nieman Lab blog. Thanks to everybody, especially long time readers, for giving me the chance to really stretch my blogging muscles, improve my thinking, and the chance to take my public writing to the next level.

See y’all soon.

Chris

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