We Don't Own the News
On the pods and blogs segment on BBC Radio Five we interviewed Richard Sambrook, blogger (internally within the BBC only at the moment) and international news supremo, his official title being Director of the BBC's World Service and Global News division. His remarks at the We Media conference that "we don't own the news" have attracted significant attention. particularly from advocates of citizen journalism. His view as expressed in one interview is that journalists will increasingly become news "facilitators" i.e. filtering and evaluating content primarily provided by the public. I'm sure what he has to say on this will be of interest to bloggers and podcasters alike. An archive of the interview can be found here.
UPDATE: From the blog Beats Per Minute a first hand account inside a hospital
We have rotating AC [air conditioning]. Right now, the ward I'm on doesn't have any, so the floors are wet and slippery. It's hot. I'm wearing flip-flops, shorts, and a t-shirt while I see patients. The water here is filthy, but we're glad for the MREs [military-issued food] we're being given. As far as I know, we will be one of only three hospitals in the entire metropolitan area that will remain open. The others are Oschner and West Jefferson. We have the National Guard surrounding the hospital. After hearing about what's going on outside, we're glad to have them.
UPDATE: Some photos from Mardi Gras Lady of the flooded downtown in Mobile, AL
NPR has a good round up of what's happening on-line There's an interesting post about the risks of ignoring nature in civic planning in Architecture Week. Editor and Publisher magazine is rounding up the local press reports from the scene; the net has taken the place of the disabled printing presses. Wikkipedia has an excellent collection of links. The interdictor has been posting insightful commentary, information and pictures daily
UPDATE. Again via Editor and Publisher I stumbled on this passionate editorial from The Sun Herald
"While the flow of information is frustratingly difficult, our reporters have yet to find evidence of a coordinated approach to relieve pain and hunger or to secure property and maintain order. People are hurting and people are being vandalized.
"Yet where is the National Guard, why hasn't every able-bodied member of the armed forces in South Mississippi been pressed into service?"
[...]"reporters listening to horrific stories of death and survival at the Biloxi Junior High School shelter looked north across Irish Hill Road and saw Air Force personnel playing basketball and performing calisthenics."