2006 Citizen’s Media Sites of the Year

Last year, I named my “2005 Blogs of the Year“, and without even reaching it’s second anniversary, I’ve changed the format of this award. Instead of limiting its scope to blogs, I’m expanding this list to include all types of citizen’s media sites- from blogs to podcasts to video blogs to anything that might be similar to any of those. So here we go…

5. Bloggingheads.tv – Robert Wright, Mickey Kaus & Friends -AND- HotAir – Michelle Malkin / These two unique political video blogs are strange bedfellows for a tie on my list. While Bloggingheads is long, talky, and akin to eavesdropping on policy wonks in the hallways of a political conference, HotAir shines because it is short, sharp, and decidedly in the personality of its host, acerbic political blogger Michelle Malkin. Though they’re different, they’re both my picks for best political videoblogs out there.

4. Rocketboom – Andrew Barron, Joanne Colan (partial), Amanda Congdon (partial) / The intelligence quotient of NPR, the snark of The Daily Show- Rocketboom is an acquired taste that I find occasionally fascinating, occasionally annoying, but always interesting and, without a doubt, the gold standard for video blogs in terms of production value and an overall unique voice.

3. TV Squad – Contributors / From show episodes to industry news to rumors and innuendo, TV Squad is the only, essential, indispensable site for anybody who cares about the TV industry or loves to watch. Updated frequently, but never too much, they’re fun yet blissfully unsnarky.

2. Instapundit – Glenn Reynolds -AND- The Glenn and Helen Show – Glenn Reynolds & Dr. Helen Smith / Yet again, the most prolific, and bereft, thinker on the web is #2 on my list. The best blog of all time is now complimented nicely by the addition of an excellent podcast, The Glenn and Helen Show. Reynolds and his wife, Dr. Helen Smith, are a relaxed, witty duo behind the microphones, and their A-list guests and wide range of timely topics are some of my favorite

1. Maine Web Report – Lance Dutson / Yes, Lance is my friend and co-host on Maine Impact, our podcast on Maine issues. But those things have nothing to do with my decision to name Lance’s Maine Web Report my citizen’s media site of the year. Beginning with his pointed, relentless coverage of Maine’s Department of Tourism back in the early winter, through the travails of the lawsuit filed against him, and continuing on through his freedom of access requests and reports, as well as his coverage of a myriad of other issues affecting the people of Maine, Lance put the bite back into Maine media and showed by example truly how deeply the explosion of citizen’s media can effect the status quo.

A Maine Impact Thanksgiving

Today, we’ve got a special episode of Maine Impact up in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Three Mainers- State Rep Emily Cain, author Jim Baumer, and blogger Michelle Souliere- were kind enough to call in to the Maine Impact public voice-mail line to submit exclusive audio essays on the topic of “being thankful for Maine.” Their 3 segments are a perfect pre-meal discussion-starter for wherever you may be tomorrow.

From our end, we’re thankful that Maine Impact has made it to episode #10. Thanks to all those who’ve listened, linked, and told friends.

Announcing Maine Impact

After much hard work, I’m pleased to announce my latest project! It’s called Maine Impact, and it’s a podcast covering news, politics, and technology with a focus on Maine and an eye towards the world at large.

My good friend Lance Dutson of the notorious and heralded Maine Web Report has graciously agreed to lend his keen wit and eye for issues by co-hosting and co-producing Maine Impact with me. Our goal is to produce two original episodes per week- released at 6am on Tuesdays and Thursdays- and to work hard to integrate comments and editorials from listeners into our shows.

Maine Impact Our first episode debuted yesterday. You can subscribe to it, download it, or listen to directly within the browser here. Next week, we’ve got interviews with two Maine House candidates coming up, and we’re exicted about that aspect of the show. During and even after election season, we’ll bring you more interviews with Mainers from politicans to bloggers to regular folk.

You may find the production quality in these first few shows to be lacking that of an NPR or another typical radio program. And although we never hope to be just another typical radio program, we do plan to improve the overall production quality of Maine Impact as we become more epxerienced at the form. All that in the way of saying, please bear with us, and please stick around. We plan to get better.

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