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Rod Amis

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I'm very passionate about the future of online journalism. I've taught a journalism course abroad and continue to produce media criticism articles, among others.

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Occupation: Journalist, G21: The World's Magazine, Slashdot, Enterprise Leadership, NewsForge, Leverage Social Media
Interests: Technology, Free and Open Source Software, Politics, Business, Social Media
Expertise: Journalism, Politics, Business, Technology
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Web Page: www.g21.net
Last Visit: Apr 5, 2007 - 1:03 PM PDT
Last Edit: Apr 5, 2007 - 1:03 PM PDT

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Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.6

Well-written and very sourced reporting on the growing schism in a Christian denomination normally known for its reserve. Points to a cultural debate that crosses national borders.

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NT Rating: 3.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.1

Balanced, well-sourced reporting on an important case being heard before the US Supreme Court.

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NT Rating: 4.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.4

Well-written story on a recent incident in China that highlights a broadening of public views about human rights and public shaming. Well-sourced and provides a view of the big picture.

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NT Rating: 4.4 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.9

Informative, well-sourced analysis of the impact of Brad Will's death in Mexico on the view of independent, "citizen" journalists in the mainstream and among their peers. Worth consideration.

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NT Rating: 3.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.5

Derivative reporting analyzing statements from various other news sources. Worth reading regarding the presumptive new US Secretary of Defense and the US relationship(s) with both Chinas.

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NT Rating: 3.7 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.2

As usual, Goodman does a good job of bringing in sources on the ground to report on an important international development. Much-needed reporting on the US's neighbor to the south.

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NT Rating: 4.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.8

Thoughtful and informative reporting on a case before the US Supreme Court that will impact a number of American workers and businesses. As Stevens' reports, millions will be affected by the decision. Great direct reporting though sourcing could have been better.

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NT Rating: 3.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
  • Congo

Rod's Rating
4.2

Well-sourced and informative opinion piece on the current crisis facing the Democratic Republic of Congo after its recent election. Provides historical perspective and a view from on the ground. [Disclaimer: I'm Editor the online publication where this report appears. - RA]

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NT Rating: 4.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.8

This final installment of the series on the aftermath of an American disaster does a good job of portraying the survivors and their plight. Rather thinly sourced but the research does a job of providing the big picture.

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NT Rating: 3.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.4

A medical expert steps forward to criticize the criticism of the Lancet report on the number of Iraqi civilian deaths since the US invasion. A well-written, though thinly sourced retort.

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NT Rating: 3.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.2

Afghanistan had re-entered the radar screen of some in the media and most of the story is depressing. As the USA approaches midterm elections, consideration of what is happening there is worthwhile.

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NT Rating: 3.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.7

Marsh readily identifies herself as partisan and this a partisan piece that reveals a lot about Mr. Allen. Thinly sourced but, as always, well -written.

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NT Rating: 3.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.6

informative and well-sourced reporting on latest developments and reactions to the Mark Foley scandal and its impact on the midterm election in the USA.

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NT Rating: 3.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.4

Good follow-up reporting by E&P on the emerging story of how the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has gone into a seeming panic of the handling of information about the nefarious activities of former Representative Mark Foley of Florida. Well-sourced overview of how this story has emerged and some responses to the actions of those involved.

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NT Rating: 3.5 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.5

Informative and well-sourced reporting on the rising tensions at the Horn of Africa. Provides the big picture of how the failing interim government in Somalia is attempting to draw other nations in the region to its defense as it loses geographical control of the nation to the Union of Islamic Courts.

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NT Rating: 3.7 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.7

Straight-forward and well-sourced reporting on the appointment and swearing in of Thailand's new Prime Minister and plans for re-organizing its government.

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NT Rating: 3.0 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.7

Not very well-written but informative story about today's kidnapping of food factory workers in Baghdad. Besides reporting on this latest incident, the story covers lots of other ground in a rather unorganized and slap-dash fashion which (oddly) reflects the violence and chaos of the country reported on, brings in vaguely related incidents and assertions by the Iraqi government and moves far away from its lede.

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NT Rating: 3.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.0

This articles presents a rather convincing perspective on the midterm elections in the US and how most reporters may be missing the Big Story of that election: the potential for a possible first-ever female Speaker of the House of Representatives and the impact of many of the new House seats being held by women. Well-written and -sourceds and very informative.

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NT Rating: 3.7 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.3

In this extremely well-written polemic, Floyd compares and contrasts the contents of Bob Woodward's current books with his previous writing on the Bush Administration but goes further in his analysis. He also compares and contrasts this President and his times with thos of former President Nixon, Woodward's first subject and looks at how the "elite Establishment" in America operates. Worth a look.

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NT Rating: 2.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.0
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NT Rating: 3.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.1

Rather light interview with a woman involved in creating a social network and helping local, grassroots organizations use the resources provided by Internet technology. As an interview, it is exceptional in that it provides outside sourcing rather than simply focusing on the primary.

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NT Rating: 2.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.4

Well-written and thoughtful blog post about the shifting nature of global economics. Presents an interesting hypothesis based on a recent World Bank report.

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NT Rating: 3.4 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.9

In a stinging editorial, Olbermann continues to hold the President and his proxies to account for distorting facts.

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NT Rating: 3.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.0

Interest report providing analysis from Media Matters on the sudden lack of interest in stories on Iraq in mainstream newspapers across the nation. That this is happening during the run-up to the midterm elections here in the US gives one pause. Thinly sourced.

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NT Rating: 3.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.9
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NT Rating: 3.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.3

Well-written and thorough reported, with multiple sources about how many news organizations now turn to the Poynter ethics team when making tough calls and seeking outside vetting of controversial stories. Fine example of demonstrating the pressures and concerns that are active in mainstream news rooms today.

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NT Rating: 3.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.7

Though the lede to the story leaves the implication that this is a fashion story, it is actually a public health story one quickly learns. Well-written and sourced, it gives the big picture of a shift of perception in the fashion industry that directly touches on the issue of eating disorders, especially among young women.

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NT Rating: 3.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.2

Excellent, well-sourced reporting on how the Devil can be in the details of "reform" legislation. The authors point out that some felt this was a contentious issue from the start but most voters - and Medicare recipients - missed the results of the details of the reform bill outlined in this article.

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NT Rating: 3.5 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.4

Well-sourced and -written report on another provocative idea out of California on a means of making presidential elections more straight-forward. Presents both pros and cons of the idea.

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NT Rating: 3.7 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.8

Excellent, extremely well-sourced reporting on a crisis for women who have entered the criminal justice system in America. Raises a number of important issues and paints the big picture.

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NT Rating: 4.0 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.7

Provocative reporting on continued rumors that the Bush Administration plans a strike on Iran prior to the mid-term elections in the United States. Speculative but with intriguing hypotheses based on planned deployments in the Persian Gulf.

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NT Rating: 3.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.4

In an interesting blog post for American Prospect online, Klein raises questions about recent unattributed reporting in Roll Call and then does some investigation of his own that discredits the story. Well-written and presents a good case.

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NT Rating: 3.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.5

Informative, brief blog post about an act of sympathy and generousity by a German woman that promises to save the life of an American serviceman. Uncharacteristically well-developed for a blog post.

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NT Rating: 2.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.3

Provocative and informative piece advocating for better treatment of pregnant women in the criminal justice system and implying that legal reform is necessary. This is a public health topic that gets little attention but apparently needs to get more.

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NT Rating: 4.0 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.1

In this OpEd piece Senator Frist lays out the Republican plan for stricter border enforcement measures. It's written in a straight-forward manner and outlines his case.

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NT Rating: 3.0 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
4.1

In-depth look at Kevin Keating's new documentary on presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani and his nearly-forgotten fractious tenure as mayor of New York. Does a good job of reviewing Giuliani's career and analyzing the film.

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NT Rating: 3.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.6

Brief, straight-forward report that provides to outside sources via links on a very significant design change at the New York Times. Using distinctive type faces and other design tweaks to separate "hard news" from opinion and analysis speaks to many of the issues raised here at NewsTrust.

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NT Rating: 3.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.9

The OSTG Editor in Chief gives an authoritative overview of how to build online social networks. As it is an editorial, it is thinly sourced.

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NT Rating: 3.5 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.2

Simple, brief reporting on a new concept for home furnishings that shows some promise. Thinly sourced but interesting and informative.

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NT Rating: 3.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Rod reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Rod's Rating
3.5

This blog post acts as a eulogy to the late, reknowned and controversial Italian interviewer. It is both informative and well-written.

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NT Rating: 3.3 | See All NT Reviews »
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