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                           IN THIS ISSUE

                             EDITORIAL

                       MY FAVOURITE TIPPLES
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* Electronic Journal Miner <http://ejournal.coalliance.org/> - This
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* One Across <http://oneacross.com/> - A must for all crossword
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Celeste is a Manager at META Group <http://www.metagroup.com> 
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writers to know the essentials of libel (often unintended) and its
dangers. Sadly the publisher has neglected the opportunity to provide
linked examples on its website; indeed, two of the links to figures
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publications, working with businesses, government agencies and not-
for-profit organisations. Frustration with poorly presented web
content, and clients who struggled to find editors with the necessary
skills, encouraged him to move into editing and writing for the web.
Jonathan has been consulting editor at EUbusiness.com 
<http://www.eubusiness.com>, a sub-editor at Nature 
<http://www.nature.com>, and editor of The Week in Europe 
<http://www.cec.org.uk/press/we/latest.htm>. He edits material for the
Environment Agency <http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk>, the
magazine of the London Cycling Campaign <http://www.lcc.org.uk> and
the IPA <http://www.ipa-involve.com>. He also works as a journalism
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                    "News Agencies on the Web"
                          By Sam Vaknin

In the pre-Internet days, news agencies, or, as they are known today,
newswires, used to dominate the gathering and dissemination of news.
As news budgets and newsrooms shriveled and as the Internet
mushroomed, newswires came to be considered redundant, expensive white
elephants, at a disadvantage compared to nimble news hunter-gatherers
across the globe, equipped with webcams and laptops.

Yet, they mostly succeeded to adapt to the new, demanding, environment
by assimilating it. They adopted and adapted - methods, technologies,
attitude, whole networks of cheap freelancers. They became either more
globally ubiquitous, or more niche-orientated.

The behemoth of the trade by far is Associated Press (AP)
<http://www.ap.org/>. Like all the others, it offers products tailored
to print and broadcast media, notably a daily wire with thousands of
new stories a week. Its Television News <http://aptn.com/> allows
broadcasters to outsource news coverage in every corner of the globe
to dedicated APTN camera crews, replete with editing, and a satellite
uplink.

AP's wire Web site <http://wire.ap.org> presents a map of the USA with
links, in drop down menus, to hundreds of media outlets. Clicking on
any of the links provides access to both the specific medium chosen
and to its selection from the daily wire. Links to international media
are also provided.

Reuters, whose specialty is financial news and international affairs,
is more direct in providing access to its wares, straight on its home
page <http://www.reuters.com/>. News is classified by topic or by
country. Business and financial news dominates. There is breaking
financial news and even company snapshots. Both AP and Reuters host
extensive photo galleries. Reuters Inform is the online equivalent of
the auld ticker (real time streaming news, prices, charts, weather)
regarding commodities and energy products. A free trial is available
at <http://www.reutersinform.com/>.

The third member of the historical Big Three, established in 1907,
is United Press International (UPI), owned by the Washington Times
group. Its new Web site is at <http://www.upi.com/>. The site
offers access to full text archives dating back for months, compared
to one day or less made available by other newswires. Photos,
articles, analyses are arranged in six desks, and UPI offers an
advanced search facility on site.

A goggle of hitherto national newswires has been surging ahead lately.
Leading the peck is Agence France Presse (AFP) <http://www.afp.com/>.
It was established in France by Charles-Louis Havas in 1835. Almost
half its workforce is international. It produces not only text and
photos but also animation and graphics. Its AFP Direct 
<http://www.afp-direct.com/> aggregates content with emphases on 
social issues, international affairs, current affairs, and diplomacy.
It also offers news by e-mail in 6 languages.

AFX News is a joint venture between AFP and the Financial Times 
<http://www.afxnews.com/>. It specializes in providing breaking news
about European and Asian equities. It collaborates with local
newsfeeds in several languages and offers an e-commerce Internet feed
of its own.

The German news agency DPA is the German equivalent of AFP, though
it is far less international in its coverage 
<http://www.dpa.de/en/unternehmenswelt/index.html>. Australia sports
its own embryonic newswire <http://aap.com.au/>. These news agencies
are half way between global and national.

But the Internet is flooded with the Web sites of newswires which
offer strictly national fare. Iran's IRNA <http://www.irna.com/>,
Russia's veteran (though much revamped and privatized) ITAR-TASS 
<http://www.itar-tass.com/default_eng.asp> and Interfax 
<http://www.interfax.ru/?lang=EN&>, Japan's Kyodo News Web 
<http://home.kyodo.co.jp/>, Britain's 2dayUK (an agglomeration of 10
regional agencies) <http://www.2dayuk.com/new/index.shtml> and
numerous others.

Some newswires are regional or cater to specialty markets, such as
ethnic groups. Hard Edge Media is Scottish
<http://www.hemedia.co.uk/>, Hyde Park Media, despite its name, is
from Chicago <http://www.hydeparkmedia.com/>, Noticias Wire is geared
to the Hispanic market <http://www.noticiaswire.com/>, and RosBalt
News Agency serves the sizable Russian minorities in the Baltic
countries <http://www.rosbalt.com/>.

The Internet gave rise to at least two new phenomena.

Some content aggregators and syndicators specialize in news -
ClarisNews <http://www.clarinet.com/>,
NewsNowDirect <http://www.newsnowdirect.com/>,
Moreover <http://w.moreover.com/>,
WorldNews <http://www.worldnews.com/>,
Syndicated News <http://syndicatednews.com/>,
BCE Emergis <http://www.enewsservices.com/en/index.html>,
AlterNet <http://www.alternet.org/> which collects content from
alternative media, Feature Story News <http://www.fsntv.com/> which
does TV and radio content, and Gemini News Service
<http://www.gemininewsservice.com/> and others.

Some news aggregators accept any content from any Web site, usually
provided it is in the RSS format: 
Aggie <http://bitworking.org/Aggie.html>,
Amphetadesk http://www.disobey.com/amphetadesk/>, 
HeadlineAddict <http://headlineaddict.com/exec/headline>, 
InboxRobot <http://www.inboxrobot.com/>, 
NewIndex <http://www.newsindex.com/delivered.html>, 
NewsIsFree <http://www.newsisfree.com/>, 
NewzCrawler <http://www.newzcrawler.com/>, 
NewzPrint <http://www.newzprint.com/>,
Syndic8 <http://www.syndic8.com/>, 
1stHeadlines <http://www.1stheadlines.com/>, and many others.

These, strictly, are not newswires or news agencies in that they do
not produce the content. They only repackage it and distribute it.
Still, repackaging and distribution are the core competencies of
newswires and, thus, these newcomers constitute a growing threat to
more established players in the field.

The second phenomenon involves aggregators and distributors of press
releases. The volume and quality of their output is such that they
often compete with the business desks of established newswires. US
Newswire <http://www.usnewswire.com/>, PR Web <http://www.prweb.com>,
Software Wire <http://www.softwarewire.com/>, Internet Wire 
<http://www.internetwire.com/>, PR Newswire 
<http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/>, and Webwire <http://www.webwire.com/>.

Finally, most major media companies run a wire service dedicated
exclusively to their content. The famous BBC World Service business
newswire <http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/business/index.shtml>, for
instance, carries only business news written by the BBC's reporters
around the globe. ABC has its Business Index 
<http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/business/index.html>, Bloomberg
maintains a browseable online archive dating back to 1995 
<http://quote.bloomberg.com/newsarchive>, CBS Marketwatch 
<http://cbs.marketwatch.com/news/newsroom.htx>, CNBC Market and News 
<http://www.cnbc.com/news/index.html>, and the Dow Jones Newswires 
<http://www.dowjones.com/newswires/djna.html>.

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Sam Vaknin is the author of "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism
Revisited" and "After the Rain - How the West Lost the East". He is a
columnist for Central Europe Review and eBookWeb, a United Press
International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent, and the editor of
mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory
and Suite101 . Until recently, he served as the Economic Advisor to
the Government of Macedonia. Visit <http://samvak.tripod.com>.

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Information Architecture and web usability are still hot topics even
after a year. Hal P Kirkwood takes a look at courses, meta-sites,
companies and individuals. Oon a completely different note (sorry),
Zena Woodley promotes the enjoyment of bell ringing.

* Free Pint No.92, 19th July 2001. "Information Architecture and Web
  Usability Resources" and "Summoned by Bells" 
  <http://www.freepint.com/issues/190701.htm>

Two years ago Carey McIlvenny provided some very useful puppetry and
animation sites which will inevitably take you back to your childhood
and keep update you on the latest developments. Ian Tilsed tempted us
with the latest Personal Digital Assistants on the market.

* Free Pint No.67, 20th July 2000. "Puppetry and Animation Sources on
  the Web" and "Web resources for handheld computers" 
  <http://www.freepint.com/issues/200700.htm>

In 1999 Hal was back with a "powerful collection of technology and
business-related publications with a significant amount of full-text
and interactive options". Also Jonathan Eaton looked at the 'timely'
arrival of the Internet Tool kit.

* Free Pint No.43, 22nd July 1999. "Full Text Online?" and "Intranet
  'Toolkits' for Integrating Online Services - a world of
  possibilities" <http://www.freepint.com/issues/220799.htm>

Four years ago Matt Moore helped you with your holiday plans, listing
sites on weather, money, maps, guides, bookings and timetables. Ed
Burt told how to get your Web site indexed by a search engine's
robot.

* Free Pint No.19, 23rd July 1998. "Wish You Were Here ... Travel and
  Tourism Resources on the Web" and "First Amongst Equals" 
  <http://www.freepint.com/issues/230798.htm>

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