Monday, December 12, 2005
Global Voices Online is a non-profit project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society in the USA. In addition to building a global community of bloggers, they aim to create a useful resource for news editors and reporters to tap into story ideas and information from bloggers and podcasters in all parts of the globe. Many communicate ideas and information that the mainstream press in their countries won’t publish.
Because American blogs currently dominate the English-language blogosphere, their aggregator does NOT include U.S. blogs and the roundups focus on countries and regions that tend to be under-represented in the mainstream media. The problem is that it is difficult for reporters to build up a "reputation" with mainstream media - just at the moment they are trusting the reporter, the story from that region loses its significance for the mainstream media.
That said, this is an extremely useful resource.