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The power of twitter in Rio’s favelas

Where does news come from when journalists can’t get to the riot scene? How about teenagers on the inside: in this case inside Rio’s favelas? They’re getting the word out by community blogging @vozdacomunidade . Read this, just posted by my former BBC colleague Tim Hirsch now an environmental journalist in Sao Paulo.

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Man Bites Dog

It’s that kind of story for those obsessed with new media.

Political journalist Marc Ambinder of the Atlantic – respected, insightful, original, and no I don’t know him – has announced today that he will blog no longer.

He talks about the destructive energy of the relentless feedback loop, and the exhaustion he feels from maintaining his “web based personality”.

In our Brave New World of New Media and personalised outreach and interaction, it’s a must read.