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The Year In Citizen Journalism Heralds Next Year’s Trend

usairwaves.jpgYou might say that the impact of “citizen journalism” on 2009 started with US Airways Flight 1549 crashing into the Hudson River, and the pictures of the plane hitting Twitter before any news outlets had them. And of course the role that Twitter played in helping Americans find out about protests in Iran after its election, proving that the micro-blogging tool could be used for something other than hourly updates about mundane activities. It may have peaked with MissTearah and the Fort Hood shootings, when news outlets realized that you can’t trust eyewitness accounts for your entire network of information.

But if all we had to go on was Twitter, than it would be the Year of Microblogging. Some consider bloggers to be citizen journalists because they work outside the spectrum of traditional news organizations, with all the pros and cons that it entails. Below, we take a look at what citizen journalism in 2009 might mean for the New Year.

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Google’s Real Time Search Falters|PBS Tracks Shows|Kim Kardashian Will Tweet For Money|Reader’s Digest Profiled|Conde Hacked

BayNewser: Google’s real time results were put to the test with the death of actress Brittany Murphy yesterday. But they didn’t fare so well.

FishbowlDC: For the first time ever, PBS has implemented a ratings system to track who is watching its shows.

PRNewser: Kim Kardashian can command $10,000 per tweet from sponsors. But does she disclose her sponsored tweets?

New York Times: An in-depth look at Reader’s Digest Association and the plans that CEO Mary Berner has for the struggling company in the New Year.

WWD: Conde Nast revealed that its computers had been hacked earlier this year, and content from December’s GQ was published online before the issue hit newsstands. The company is now suing the blog FashionZag, which Conde claims also stole pages from Vogue, Teen Vogue and Lucky.

Huffpo’s ‘Too-Short’ Thinking of a Headline

huffobrit.pngBrittany Murphy died tragically yesterday from causes that will be determined today at her autopsy. She was 32 years old. Her Hollywood career was launched nearly 20 years ago in 1991. She was, what we could call a child actor – a teenager. And so, Huffpo’s headline for their photo memorial? “Her too-short career”?! Really? Not her too-short life? Her career? Lasting a vast majority of her short life?

Skirts are too-short. Romances are too-short. And Huffpo’s pondering if a title is off-putting is clearly too-short.