Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New America Media

New America Media is the website that I decided to research further and present to the class last week. The website claims to be the first and largest collaboration of ethnic news organizations. According to their about me page, New America Media says:

New America Media is the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. Over 51 million ethnic adults connect to each other, to home countries and to America through 3000+ ethnic media, the fastest growing sector of American journalism.

Founded by the nonprofit Pacific News Service in 1996, NAM is headquartered in California with offices in New York and Washington D.C., and partnerships with journalism schools to grow local associations of ethnic media.

I chose this website to present because I consider it to be new and interesting. I haven't found any website that aggregates news by ethnicity. New America Media has partnered with UMass-Boston, among other journalism schools, and the UMass-Boston project is called New England Ethnic News. Their website is updated regularly with stories about different ethnicities in New England places. One of the headlines that is on the "front page" right now is "Mumbai Terrorism Touches New Haven’s Hasidic Jews".

Both New America Media and New England Ethnic News have blog posts on their website. On New America Media, there are blog posts that are posted every few days - which I would hope to be more frequent, but whatever. One of the things I really like on the website is how you can search by ethnicity and by special "beats" such as education, immigration, health, etc. I also like how they live-blogged the Mumbai attacks. One of the things I don't like about the site is the fact that the "photo of the day" hasn't been updated since May 28, 2008. As a fan of Boston.com's Big Picture and the Wall Street Journal's photos from the day, it would have been nice to add another one onto my google reader.

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