Video: military drills for People’s Republic of China 60th anniversary


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Henry Morton sends video form China

Afternoon, bloggers.

We have a great video for you all today that captured recent military drills in China.

Our Global Radio News parent received some video from one of its China correspondents today.

Meet GRN correspondent Henry Morton, currently operating in Beijing. Henry shot some footage of the People’s Liberation Army’s Third Guard Division, and we’re sharing it with you.

The division is drilling for their upcoming 60th anniversary on August 1, as well as the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic in China in October.

At the moment, the full video (11:42 min) is available for viewing on our Ning network, Sell News. Click here to view the page where the video is hosted.

We’d of course provide the video on YouTube, but we were stuck with its 10:00 limit.

And to throw in a bit of a teaser, here’s a small gallery of screenshots from the video:

And of course the video itself.

Hope you enjoyed the brief look at what’s going on in China outside headline news. We’re all about connecting you directly to the reporter behind the news desk – which in this case is Henry Morton.

Special thanks to Henry for sending in the video for this post.

Happy viewing,


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A different kind of rubbish: a reporter’s tale


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Update #2 from [A rubbish story].

Morning, bloggers!

Although it seemed by yesterday that the Brazilian rubbish story came to an end, Brazilian correspondent Simon Lane updated his blog on a different kind of “rubbish” stirring up Brazilian authorities.

Here’s a snippet of Simon’s Sell News blog here, hosted by our Global Radio News Ning network. Click on to read the full entry.

“Tourists Robbed in Rio Shock!” … THE LATEST !!!

Posted by Simon Lane on July 30, 2009 at 12:30am

“Two 23-year old English girls (women?) reported being robbed on Sunday here in Rio. Not exactly headline news except they were lying…” I started writing this story yesterday and was obliged to stop, thankfully, as I was asked to do a follow up on the rubbish story (toxic waste illegally imported from the UK). Well, sorry to be cruel, but now I realize there is no end to British rubbish in sight I must continue, if only to make a living. Read on.

Thanks again, Simon.

If you’re curious as to what all this rubbish is about, you can start at the beginning. It all began with a stranded ship containing illegally-imported rubbish (garbage) sitting off the Brazilian coast.

The first update to the rubbish story can be found here.

All the best,


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Ticker: child kidnapping, bombs in Philippines, Lebanese-Israeli border and 16 new ministers for Bulgaria


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[Story Ticker] July 29 update

Afternoon again, bloggers.

Our story ticker has been updated today with 4 new additions.

For newcomers, Global for me is a crowdsourced, crowdfunded journalism project by Global Radio News. Our mission is connecting you, the user, to the reporter behind the news desk.

Read our mission as well as challenge to the journalism industry for more information, and feel free to contact us with questions.

Also, the ticker has been condensed into one, singular post that will be updated daily. Have a look, we hope we’ve made it easier for you.

Onto the stories…

Child sacrifice and kidnapping in Uganda by Duncan Woodside

KINSHASHA, Congo – The abduction of children in Uganda has surged by nearly 40% compared to figures for 2006. The country has long been bedevilled by kidnapping, with the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army specialising in the enslavement of children as soldiers. But the latest rise in abductions – to an annual rate of more than three hundred – is not due to the rebels, who have been largely exiled to neighbouring Congo; instead, it seems that the rising popularity of ‘child sacrifice’ is to blame. Read on.

Despite peace pledges, bombs in southern Philippines by Simon Roughneen

Singapore – Government and Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines both signed ceasefires over the weekend, renewing hopes that a stalled peace deal could be implemented, giving autonomy to Muslim regions in the largely Catholic country’s south, after three decades of on-off fighting and multiple kidnaps of foreigners. Read on.

The Lebanese-Israeli border by Austin Mackell

TEHRAN, Iran – Tensions are escalating along the Lebanese border with Israel. A new Israeli outpost on the border has apparently upset both Hezbollah and the Lebanese army and reports suggest that they have come very close to engaging with Israeli’s near the outpost. Read on.

New PM Borisov has picked 16 ministers for the next Bulgarian government by Jordan Jordanovich

SOFIA, Bulgaria – Boyko Borisov, leader of the GERB party and the future Prime Minister of Bulgaria, has announced the names of the Ministers for the new Bulgarian government. At a special ceremony at the Bulgarian Presidency, Borisov handed back to President Georgi Parvanov the mandate to appoint a new cabinet. The new Bulgarian government consists of 15 Ministers. Including former senior World Bank economist Simeon Djankov as the new Minister of Finance. Read on.

All of these have been added to our growing ticker. Check it daily to see updates.

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Happy reading,


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Update on the Brazil rubbish story: the rubbish is on the move


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An update from [A rubbish story].

Morning, bloggers!

A few days ago, we brought up a little blog report from one of Global Radio News’ Brazilian correspondents, Simon Lane.

Simon noticed that there was an awful lot of rubbish sitting just off the Brazilian coast, and wrote about the how’s and why’s on our Ning network, Sell News.

To quickly sum up, the rubbish – or shiploads of garbage – was from the United Kingdom, and arrived at the coast of Brazil to dump its load. However, the Brazilian government barred the rubbish cargo from Brazilian soil, and a political and media tussle began.

Simon’s first entry on the rubbish story is located here.

Our original blog post about the story is likewise here.

Today, Simon tells us that the rubbish is on the move again:

“Who’s going to recycle a condom?” – President Lula

Posted by Simon Lane on July 28, 2009 at 7:30pm

Everyone wants to know what’s happening to the 1 600 tons of toxic waste illegally imported from the UK into Brazil recently. Well, it’s all going back to the old country so get your masks on if they’re any left down at Boots. In fact, no less than 41 containers were sealed by IBAMA (Brazil’s Eco-cops) last week and should be on their way, if not now, then, er, shortly. The story, according to the laws of disproportionate tragedy, seems to have disappeared from the Brazilian press today – in vain did I seek a vituperative outburst in the letters’ pages but the natives still show great deference to bold empires – the last gem to hand being an amusing report by an O GLOBO correspondent from a couple of days ago. There’s a nice photo of Environment Minister Carlos Minc pointing to an open container in mask and outsize black gloves and a wonderful reaction from the president of the republic, Lula, on a visit to São Paulo: “They (rich countries) are so clean and pollution-conscious … but who’s going to recycle a condom?” Good point. Lula and Minister Minc are enjoying some moral high ground for a moment so let them have their turn … besides, there’s a clean view up there. Lula made it quite clear what he thought of everyone lecturing Brazil on “inhuman working conditions” (that must be the third thing people don’t like about this country I forgot to mention in my previous post) in sugar cane plantations, which produce one of Brazil’s principal exports, high-grade ethanol, which the Greenies love so much as it is reduces all those nasty emissions. But what price slavery if we can all breathe a bit better in the knowledge that sea levels will not, after all, be over our heads by Christmas? Let’s get some perspective here! As for the work in hand, everything is under control and running to schedule, the 1.3 million dollar fine for “crimes against the environment” (that’s one notch below genocide) gratefully received and stored for a special occasion. Let’s use that money wisely to celebrate global inclusiveness and safe-sex hedonism irrespective of social orientation. Waste not, want not …

Read the entry on our Ning, Sell News.

Special thanks for an e-mail from last night from a GFM blog reader. Their letter tipped us to the update in Brazil issued a few days ago, and we immediately rung up Simon to hear his voice from the ground.

Global for me enjoys working alongside you – it’s all about connecting you to the reporter behind the news desk.

So far we’ve covered this story with simple blogs and e-mails, but if you would like more comprehensive news coverage on this controversial rubbish, let us know. Hop over to our Suggest and Fund page for more information.



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What’s in a name? Renaming citizen journalism


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Debate: is citizen journalism properly named?

Morning, bloggers.

Today we may be whacking a stick into an already swarming beehive, but that’s exactly what we want. We want to hear what people of all sides of this issue think. We’re starting a debate today, and the subject in question is what many refer to as citizen journalism.

The tip of the iceberg: at the moment citizen journalism is – just like the technology that aids it – often changing and growing daily. But what, exactly, is the relationship between citizen journalism and its professional predecessor? Well today, we’re simply centering sights on its current name.

No, we’re not firing at citizen (though surely individual is a stronger word) as much as the use of the word journalism.

Here we go.

The tools of the trade

Journalism is a trade, therefore those that practice it are called journalists. But we don’t consider everyone who owns a screwdriver an electrician, a plumber or various other professions that use the same tool.

So in that vein, should what is currently called a citizen journalist armed with a pen, camera or audio recorder still carry the word journalist?

Hold your fire a second. There’s plenty to applaud about with citizen journalism, as it’s currently named.

Journalism veterans such as former Newsweek London branch editor Stryker McGuire point out that citizen journalism may play an important role in keeping up the spread of information while the journalism industry recooperates.

But there are still snags in the practice.

The loss of where’s, when’s, who’s and what’s

When on-the-scene videos appear on YouTube, Twitter or are sent directly in to news broadcasters, there are a lot of problems for professional journalists and audience members alike:

where is the video from?

when was it filmed?

who filmed it? (And what are their credentials?)

what is the video actually depicting? (Is it really what it claims to be?)

These things are crucial to journalism, and their lack causes serious snags in the information flow.

For example, recently Global for me’s parent Global Radio News was offered video footage from the tribal areas of Pakistan. It was claimed to be the aftermath of a recent United States drone attack in the region. But there was no method for GRN to confirm whether the footage was exactly what the submitter claimed.

So that piece of information, however legitimate it may have been, was rejected. It didn’t meet the journalism bar and therefore could not be passed on. Releasing it could have painted a false picture of the situation on the ground.

A similar problem plagued news broadcasters during the recent election protests in Iran: after professional media was clamped shut, broadcasters were left with user-uploaded videos or pictures. Unfortunately, they too could not confirm the legitimacy of the submissions.

This left both newscasters and the audience alike scratching their heads over whether the information received was accurate or not.

The bottom line

Should citizen journalists carry journalist to their name, or should the idea be renamed to witness, or contributor? In other words, is citizen journalism the the right name or term for this “non-professional” work?

How does the practice fit into today’s spread of information?

What is legitimate or non-legitimate information?

And of course, what is next for journalism?

The questions are endless.

Witnesses have always contributed to stories. Witnesses have broken stories. Bloggers are amazing at fact checking and using the Internet for do-it-yourself activism.

But there are numerous websites that claim journalism, but surely they are more amateur information exchanges or witness contribution websites?

We’re stirring the pot here until it churns up what people think.

Really, what do you think?

We want to hear your voice on this debate. Bring in the fire and brimstone if needed, it’s a touchy subject in many ways for Internet users and professional reporters alike, and also for the news consumers that follow or avoid them.


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Ticker: X-Factor odds with special guest Tony Cowell


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Afternoon again, bloggers!

Today, our story ticker is drumming up a nice surprise for all you X-Factor and celebrity fans.

The Global for me team plus a certain special someone is proud to present the following story pitch:

X-Factor odds by the GFM Team and special guest Tony Cowell

The new series of X-Factor doesn’t begin until next month but already the bookies have been giving odds.

Paddy Power is offering odds for a winner from one of the younger categories- 7/4 that the winner is from the boys group and 15/8 for a girl winner. No group has ever won X-Factor but they are being backed at 3/1 with the over 25’s least favourite at 4/1.

All these odds, numbers and demographics pose the question, what does it really take to win X-Factor? With huge amounts of cash at stake- is there a formula for success? Where does the power lie- with the judges or the public?

We welcome to the Global For Me team, Tony Cowell, brother of X-Factor judge and creator Simon. Tony has over the years had unparralled X-Factor access and knows better than anyone the inner workings of the X-Factor machine.

For the inside track on all things X-Factor at GFM we can deliver the backstage stories and more.

Read the original pitch on our main website.

As some may already know – yes, Tony Cowell is the older brother of famed X-Factor, American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent TV personality Simon Cowell. Read more about the endeavors of Tony Cowell on his official website.

This is another unique opportunity to connect to the reporter behind the news desk. E-mail or comment your interest to GFM right away if you’re interested… X-Factor is soon to return to television, so there’s a bit of a deadline with this one!

Also, don’t forget to browse our other story tickers for this week. Here’s a list of some of the proposed topics below:

Interested? Drop us a line. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you’re curious about the Fund-a-Story process.

All the best,


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