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article imageTopFinds: Digital Journalists Expose G20 Protests, Virus Outbreaks

By David Silverberg     Apr 3, 2009 in Internet
Reporting from the G20 protests in London. A broadcast journalist discusses the recession's effect on media. And Twitter faces its first libel suit. These are the top stories gaining attention across the world.
When DigitalJournal.com announced its new pay structure, where on-the-ground reporting would be rewarded, the community responded. Today, we are seeing a fine selection of high-quality journalism reporting on important issues from various countries.
For instance, check out Lisa Devaney's stunning article on the G20 protests in London. She was able to write intimately on the anger flaring between demonstrators and police, nicely complementing her article with illustrative photos. She interviewed various activists and protesters who had some passionate statements to say about the political meeting. We commend Lisa for her in-person interviews and passion for being on the ground at one of the most important events of 2009.
Also in London, Digital Journalist Edwin Ladaga reported on the street-bike protest over parking fees. He not only wrote about the protest but also snapped photos of the motorcycle riders storming down the London streets. We look forward to more of your original reporting, Edwin.
Christopher Szabo also got in the interviewing game, publishing an intriguing article on Desmond Tutu lambasting the South African government over its treatment of the Dalai Lama. Szabo included an interview with the Dalai Lama’s Africa spokesman, Sonam Tenzing, who confirmed the spiritual leader is not seeking access to China.
Always tackling the science beat with great enthusiasm, Bob Ewing reported on "a single gene that is responsible for controlling plant growth responses to elevated temperature." He didn't just rewrite the press release, but supplemented editorial with an interview of a lead researcher from University of Leicester. That's the kind of reporting that we look for on DigitalJournal.com.
Another Digital Journalist took up the Special Report challenge with impressive aplomb. KJ Mullins uncovered a Facebook group that offered to send charitable donations to a church that had no clue about the group's intention; she spoke to a school principal determined to bring back exercise to the curriculum; she learned how distress centres in Toronto are seeing an uptick in traffic due to the recession; and she wrote breaking news about a ward of an Ontario hospital closed due to an infectious outbreak. KJ is definitely a role-model of a journalist.
Finally, among the many extra-effort articles penned by Carol Forsloff, readers were treated to: an expose on insurance companies that blacklist some clients; a report on how weather conditions affect local economies; an interview with a broadcaster on the challenges the media face during this recession; and a conclusion to her New Orleans series featuring interviews with people close to the disaster, even a few whistle-blowers. Some stellar reporting, Carol, and we also appreciate the wonderful photos that side-kick your articles.
Many other major stories are winning acclaim on DigitalJournal.com, including:
Monsanto GM-corn harvest fails massively in South Africa: The intro says it all -- "South African farmers suffered millions of dollars in lost income when 82,000 hectares of genetically-manipulated corn (maize) failed to produce hardly any seeds." Adriana Stuijt wrote about this crop failure and how environmental activists are demanding a government investigation and a ban on all GM foods. It's highly newsworthy and a necessary update on what Monsanto has been doing recently.
Afghan President Signs Law That Legalizes Marital Rape: Talk about controversial. Afghanistan's president has signed a law that allows marital rape, in an attempt to regulate "personal matters" in the country. The article also served as a timely lesson on human rights, family issues and female degradation.
Experts Concerned Dangerous Computer Worm Could Attack April 1: It was the Internet attack that never happened. The Conficker virus was supposed to thunder across the Web on April 1, but only a few malicious viruses were reported that day. But the security experts were getting good ink on why Conficker could do damage, and we're not out of the woods yet: some analysts believe Conficker could still strike any time.
Limbaugh: 'If Obama Fails, America Is Saved': Rush Limbaugh has never shied away from the spotlight, and once again he insults President Obama. On his radio show, he announced: "Barack Obama's policies and their failure is the only hope we've got to maintain the America of our founding." Oh, what won't he say?!
The CNN Center in Atlanta.
The CNN Center in Atlanta.
Josh Hallett
CNN Falls in Ratings, Viewers Choose Ideological News: Should we be surprised? Perhaps. Fox News is garnering big numbers as CNN's ratings take a tumble. Digital Journalist Michael Krebs attributes Fox's success to The O'Rielly Factor, "which has retained more of its post-election audience than anything else on CNN and MSNBC." Which 24/7 news channel do you watch? Let us know in the article's comment section.
Graffitist Killed While Tagging Freeway: Sandy Sand was unafraid to let her opinion poke out in an article on a graffiti artist killed in L.A. while tagging. At one point, she remarked, "At least when an animal marks his territory, it’s bio-degradable; spray paint is not." If you followed the discussion, you'll notice her fiery point-of-view earned her some strong remarks in the comments section.
Inside GhostNet, the China Based Phishing Operation: Oh Canada, we definitely stand on guard for thee! And by thee, we mean Web users. Canadian researchers found out about a phishing scheme in China that has attacked more than 1,295 computers in at least 103 countries. Even the Dalai Lama was victimized, Gar Swaffar reported. Chris V. Thangham says, "I wish there is an international body that will take effective actions against them."
New York targets smokers where it hurts the most, their children: Smokers are not only getting whalloped with a new tobacco tax, but New York puffers are now getting their heartstrings plucked by an emotional anti-smoking commercial. Featuring a boy who has lost his mother, the one-minute ad has sparked some outrage for supposedly causing a young boy to cry in front of a camera. Then again, he could be the next best method actor.
HIV-blocking protein could be made in a greenhouse near you: According to Digital Journalist Bart B. Van Bockstaele, researchers can create a protein that blocks HIV. He wrote: "This new research has shown, for the first time, that producing large quantities of an HIV-microbicide is doable. The trick will now be in finding a way to reduce the cost so that the drug, would become affordable to the greater number of us." Is this hopeful science or just pie-in-the-sky dreaming?
Twitter Faces Its First Libel Suit: The upstart startup is seeing its first libel case, as a fashion designer seeks to sue rocker Courtney Love for defamatory statements made on the micro-blogging site. This will be a fascinating case to watch because this precedent could shape how future cases proceed against Web companies.

TopFinds Awards

The honourees of this week's TopFinds Awards attracted impressive attention and widest readership. Digital Journal thanks the following Digital Journalists with Awards for their passion for covering the top issues of the day: Michael Cosgrove, Adriana Stuijt, Bart B. Van Bockstaele, Bob Ewing, Lisa Devaney, Michael Krebs, Chris V. Thangham, Michael Krebs, Carolyn E. Price, KJ Mullins, Sandy Sand, Gar Swaffar, Edwin Ladaga, Nikki Weingartner, Christopher Szabo, and Carol Forsloff.
The Top Blog Post of the Week
goes to Del Patterson for the post Modern Day Salem Wichhunt: Scapegoating the Auto Industry. Filled with acerbic humour and strong writing, the rant against the auto bailout is a must-read for any news junkie. Del raises some poignant points that deserve to be addressed, so let's hope someone from the Obama administration checks out DigitalJournal.com's blog feed.
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