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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
At the March 10, 2010 FTC workshop, I presented one way that semantic web technologies could reduce the cost of journalism. The presentation is located on the FTC's website and cited on page 33 of its discussion draft in preparation for the June 15, 2010 workshop. That presentation focused on the way that a conflict-of-interest ontology could reduce the cost of investigative journalism. The following three articles describe how similar cost reductions could occur in other realms. 1) Access to legislative data. See: Snider, J.H., "It's the Public's Data: Democratizing School Board Records," Education Week, June 14, 2010. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/06/16/35snider.h29.html 2) Access to government financial data. See: Snider, J.H., “Democratize School Budget Data,” Education Week, May 20, 2009. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2009/05/20/32snider.h28.html 3) Access to citation information. See: [Part II] Snider, J.H., "Taking steps to deal with media parasitism," Nieman Watchdog, June 27, 2009. http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=background.view&backg... [Part I] Snider, J.H., "Free riding: a deeply embedded media tradition," Nieman Watchdog, June 22, 2009. http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=background.view&backg... This latter proposal, when combined with changes in copyright law, could alleviate the problem of media free riding, one of the FTC's major concerns. --J.H. Snider, President iSolon.org