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FemTechNet Troops Set to Storm Wikipedia

Nina Liss-Schultz, an editorial fellow at Mother Jones, has a nice clean summary of a most intriguing bit of coordinated learning taking place in the fall. FemTechNet, a self-described network of feminist scholars and educators, is planning as part of its “Dialogues on Feminism and Technology” DOCC course to massage the male-dominated world of Wikipedia editors.

The course is being offered at more than a dozen schools including The New School and The CUNY Graduate Center. FemTechNet’s description of the course reminds once again that the kind of revolution tipping the print media industry is also in full swing at the higher learning end:

Participants in the Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) — indeed, anyone with a connection to the Web — can access the video dialogues and are invited to discuss them by means of blogs, voice threads and other electronic media. As the course meets, students and teachers can plug in and join the conversation. Through the exchanges and the participants’ input, course content for the DOCC will continue to grow. From this process emerges a dynamic and self-reflective educational model.

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Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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Carl Kassel retires from NPR after 30 years as the voice of “Morning Edition.” – TVNewser

Time Publishing unloaded Governing magazine to e.Republic., leaving Time with zero Washington holdings – FishbowlDC

• Wikipedia’s obsessive chroniclers no longer cool with being used as primary source for college kids, news organizations. – Baynewser

• How not to apply for a media job. – MediaJobsDaily

Fox News, New York Times Vandalizing Rivals’ Wikipedia Entries?

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Were staffers at Fox News and the New York Times engaged in Wikipedia vandalism on the job? It sure looks like it.

A writer for tech publishers O’Reilly Media traced changes to Al Franken‘s Wikipedia entry to a Fox News IP address. Then bloggers Geeks Are Sexy compiled a list of Fox News’ extensive Wikipedia edits—which, among other things, de-loofahed Bill O’ Reilly, posted false information about the ratings of Fox News shows, accused Keith Olbermann of making light of Peter Jennings‘ death and deleted rating info for MSNBC programs.

Now, over to the New York Times. Right-wing blog Little Green Footballs found that someone from within the New York Times edited George W. Bush‘s entry to call him a jerk. Classy. But, more interestingly, employees of the Times are apparently editing the Wall Street Journal‘s Wikipedia entry. Hmm…

After the jump, a rundown of Wikipedia changes by the Times and Fox News.

— Neal Ungerleider

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LAT in 90 Seconds

annanicole.jpgMeta-News Story: The LAT covered the Anna Nicole Smith death the way you’d expect — with a breaking news story that appeared online yesterday and a few timelines slapped up to fill space. But check out the rail on the far right of the Web-version of the story. Under “Related Articles,” the LAT lists a Wikipedia entry for the late actress/model. Is this was Stephen Colbert meant by Wikiality?

piechart.gifTiming Is Everything: Tribune Co. should have tried to auction itself into oblivion a few years ago, when the TV-buying market was hot. Now, it’s like a house in one of those “up-and-coming” neighborhoods in L.A. that never up and went anywhere.

normlear.jpgNorman Lear For President: Seriously. We love him.