Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tuesday Quick Hits

  • Over at the Community Journalism Interest Group blog, Bill Reader has an interesting rundown of what's happening with some of the latest J-Lab funded New Voices citizen journalism projects.
  • Looking for the right archive picture? UPI has put 300,000 pictures online for licensing. It includes up-to-date stuff, too, and has both royalty free and rights-managed images. You need to create a membership to find out the prices. (From Research Buzz)
  • If you aren't paying attention to search engine developments as a journalist, then you're likely to get blindsided sometime in the future (sorry, but as things move online, search engines become a huge gorilla you have to learn to deal with). Pandia, the metasearch engine, now has a search site dedicated to news about search engines. (Thanks again, Research Buzz). Pandia also has a very good tutorial on how to conduct searches and another on search engine optimization (hate to say it, but that's something probably every budding copy editor should be familiar with).
  • And a third from Research Buzz. If you're into movies, Flixfind is compiling a list of all the movie-related sites on the Internet.

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2 Comments:

At 3/13/07, 6:27 PM, Blogger Downes said...

So misleading...

"UPI has put 300,000 pictures online for licensing. It includes up-to-date stuff, too, and has both royalty free and rights-managed images."

First of all, you can get up to 300,000 images in a hurry, and still have no content, when you snap 20 photos of each starlet walking into the Grammies.

But more to the point...

I don't think there's a single royalty-free image on the site. All of my searches resulted in "0 matching photos found" - including my serch for 'a', which returned "68835 matching photos" - not one of which was royalty free.

Well, back to the free Creative Commons area on Flickr. They're better photos, anyways.

 
At 3/13/07, 6:51 PM, Blogger Doug Fisher said...

It appeared to me that you might not see see the royalty free stuff without a membership, and I'll admit to not having gone that far in a search. I did check, as you did, and came up only with rights managed. I guess I took them at their word when they have a search for "rights free" button. But maybe they were just dreaming ... or hoping.

I just put it in the mix as one more place people can check. You're right, though, I'd go first to the CC area on Fickr.

 

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