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In Media Guardian

A second personal announcement: I am now a regular, every-other-week columnist for Media Guardian.

I’m delighted and honored to be there because I’ve long admired the Guardian’s media section and because I think the Guardian is the best-written newspaper in the world (in English, at least). And note that I’m there not thanks to my resume but thanks to my blog. In fact, they say they want me to write for print on themes I’ve explored here — how shall we say this? — for screen.

It’s also cool to be in the first edition of the new, medium-sized, Berliner-format Guardian.

Today’s column reiterates and polishes up some of what I’ve written about news media and Katrina. The Reader’s Digest version, just the lead and the kicker:

In less than a day, Hurricane Katrina rendered worthless the printing presses and broadcast towers that made big media big. And that will change news forever….

But journalism’s rediscovered courage and newly discovered fallibility are, I will contend, less profound changes than the one brought on by the flooding of presses and the toppling of towers. For at that moment, news was freed from the shackles of media. Now he who controls distribution no longer controls news. And news is no longer shaped by the pipe that carries it. That is what Katrina did to the news.

Rex Hammock, a magazine publisher and fellow blogger at, wrote that the Times-Picayune and deserve a Pulitzer for their news blogs. I second that. It doesn’t matter whether the work came rolling off a press or a blog: it is journalism of the highest calibre and greatest service. The Pulitzer committee would serve journalism well by separating the content from the container, the medium from the message, and recognising great reporting wherever and however and from whomever it comes, with or without a press.

On Recovery 2.0

Bob Garfield talked to me about Recovery 2.0 on On the Media.

Off the air, on the air

I’ll be on Chris Lydon’s Open Source tonight with editor-in-chief and friend Jon Donley and Craigslist founder and friend Craig Newmark talking about Katrina and also Recovery 2.0. Sorry I’ve been otherwise on radio silence today. Been busy with meetings and a writing deadline. Will be back after the show.

: Later: Asked about reporters suddenly blogging, Donley said: “When they are faced with the biggest story they will ever cover and they h ave no way to get it out, they are very eager to blog!”

And here’s one for Smartmobs: Jon said some people who were trapped were SMSing friends elsewhere in the country who came to to add a message pleading for help, which are monitored by people from Gen. Honore’s staff. “We do have people who’ve been rescued, whose lives have been saved that way.”

Dell media

I thought Louise Lee was writing about my Dell kerfluffle for Business Week online. Open the magazine today and find it there on page 13 with a mug of uncorrespondent Michael Dell.

There’s a possibility a piece about the saga will be in Media Guardian Monday; will link later.

For BizWeek readers, here are links about the tale.

I just spoke with the PR person at Dell. Running around today, so I’ll blog it later. Nothing earthshattering came of it.

: LATER: Hugh MacLeod on Dell:

The thing is, when you start turning your products into commodities, you start treating your customers like commodities.

Blogging on empty

Jim Axelrod — of the guys at CBS News who gets it (it being new media) — is on the road on the gas story and he’s blogging as he goes. [via Lost Remote]