Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

Citizen Journalism: Iraq

The New York Times has a great article, Link by Link: Watching the War and Acknowledging the Dead about “ordinary” people who track military casualties in Iraq.

Daniel K. Ropkin
is looking for “looking for the best story, the one that really tells that person’s life, finding a picture,” with a depth that the Military Casualty Information page can’t match.

Michael S. White “allows a visitor to analyze the material in complex and highly specific ways: for instance, how many service members from New York State over 50 have died in hostile actions in Iraq? (One: Sgt. First Class Ramon A. Acevedoaponte, 51, of Watertown, killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in 2005.)”

Tom Willett includes a single news account for each United States service member killed in combat, with room for comments.

Q Madp created his site “two days before the war started, to make sure all these guys are recognized — I don’t want them to be trashed like they were in Vietnam.”

The New York Times also links from this article to their own coverage.

Each of these sites fills a different need; provides a different perspective. Take this to heart: if you’re not providing people with what they want, they’ll make it for themselves. No one has a monopoly on information or publication anymore.

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