War Blogging, War News Coverage:
Chris Hedges, a former war correspondent for The New York Times and other media outlets,and the author of the new book WAR IS THE FORCE THAT GIVES US MEANING( Public Affairs Press, September 2002) is interviewed by someone at the Poyntner Foundation about journalistic coverage of the current war.
Hedge’s makes the point that most of the “embedded” journalists will not have much in the way of military skills and will be totally dependent on the military for all logistics and support–and that will suit the military just fine, says Hedgers. What the military really fears, he say are the “independent reporters who break free from the pack, who have their own transportation. We saw this in Afghanistan, we saw it in the first Persian Gulf war, and I am sure that we will see it once again.”
Hedges is right that there is a shortage of independent voices in this war, and it is especially sad that Kevin Sites , the CNN correspondent who was posting regularly to his new blog, seems to not have been able to get anything up today, 24 hours after CNN asked him to place a disclaimer on his site. The disclaimer reads: (Note: Kevin’s personal website and this guest-blog are not affiliated with, endorsed by, or funded by CNN. Archives of Kevin’s work with CNN are available here, and at CNN.com.) –it is not clear whether anything new has been published to this site since this disclaimer went up.
Meanwhile, very few newspaper sites are pointing to Site’s blog. Those that are include The Spokesman Review aka Spokane.net in Spokane, Washington. At Advance Internet, many of the local sites are carrying Jeff Jarvis’ cogent war blog, updated frequently, with lots o’links. ( Corporate disclaimer here: I worked for Jeff for some years.).
Jon Dube writes that Cyberjournalist, is keeping track of war blogs and war journals, and
Cory Bergman of
Lost Remote, has an excellent collection of links to diaries and weblogs from reporters in the Gulf region.
Jimmy Guterman has a smart piece up on Business 2.0 today, entitled Memo to News-Site Executives–How can Net-based news services best serve their audience during the imminent conflict?. Among Guterman’s points:
Deploy broadband sparingly.
Use weblogs to jump-start discussion.

WHO’S LEFT?
Apparently, CNN is now the only American news network with a reporter and a crew in Baghdad. Additional U.S. news agencies still in the city include the L.A. Times and The New York Times.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=focusIraqNews&storyID=2409523
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/story/68550p-63796c.html
http://www.latimes.com/news/custom/showcase/la-war-media20mar20.story
Two new war blog resources:
From Howard Rhinegold and the smart mobs crew on the power of mobile
A new war watch blog from the San Jose Mercury News, edited by SV senior editor John Murrell.