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October 13, 2005

Pollner Lecture to explore war blogs

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Pollner Lecture to explore war blogs

photo by Sarah Galbraith
Christine Boese

Christine Boese, the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor in residence at the J –School this fall, will present a public lecture Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theater.

Boese, a writer for CNN Headline News and a pioneer in the Web log movement, plans to speak about her dual role during the Iraqi war writing updates on the Headline News double-tiered ticker and privately keeping blogs for journalists in Kurdistan. The working title for the lecture is, “ ‘Big’ Media and ‘Little’  Bloggers: How Corporate Media Responded to Warblogging Journalists.”
            
“I started the war blogs because I wanted an independent source,” said Boese. “They were for kind of selfish reasons, because I wanted eyes on the ground to tell me what’s really going on.”

Boese acted as publicist, designer, host and liaison for Time magazine reporter Joshua Kucera’s Iraq War web log, “The Other Side,” and for Carolina Podesta’s blog “Ojo,” the only Spanish war blog reporting from Iraq.

“My idea of blogging is not an armchair quarterback,” said Boese. “My idea of blogging is a journalist who is there and active in what’s going on.”

Boese is spending the fall semester at the J-school, teaching a class on blogging and advising the Kaimin, the student newspaper.

“It was hard to unplug initially from the 24-hour news cycle, but now I’m functioning OK,” said Boese.  “I’m loving it here and meeting some wonderful folks and energetic students and faculty.” Boese’s lecture is open to the public at no charge.

- Keriann Lynch

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