MN Journalism Recognitions

The Online New Association’s Online Journalism Awards have a few Minnesota names among the nominees this year:

Outstanding Use of Digital Media: The Star Tribune for A PEOPLE TORN: Liberians in Minnesota

Beat Reporting: Minnesota Monitor for GLBT issues based on the link.

The winner get $5000 from the Knight Foundation. It’s not clear to me if that means the winner if each category or the winner of the primary category. I’m hoping it goes to someone other than ESPN or the NY Times since it would might cost them more than $5000 to receive $5000.

It’s interesting to see what journalists find interesting. Would the Liberia piece in the Star Tribune have been ranked #1 by web users in Minnesota for Outstanding Use of Digital Media? What would web stats tell us?

France Bans Citizen Journalism

The French have gone further than even George W. Bush when it comes to banning civil liberties:

France bans citizen journalists from reporting violence

The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists. The law could lead to the imprisonment of eyewitnesses who film acts of police violence, or operators of Web sites publishing the images, one French civil liberties group warned on Tuesday.

Banning citizen journalism is banning The Truth.

I don’t think this will stop the cameras. YouTube will become the venue of choice for airing French violence.