IraqSlogger is a new source for news about Iraq. Editor and Publisher says that IraqSlogger aims to be “a one-stop-shopping clearinghouse for nonpartisan information, including material coming out of Iraq itself from natives of that country, not from foreign correspondents.” Although much of this site may be of interest to government information specialists, several areas may be of particular interest:
IraqSlogger is the creation of Eason Jordan who is a former CNN chief news executive and, according to Editor and Publisher, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Committee to Protect Journalists and has won various Emmy, Peabody and Headliner awards and directed war coverage for CNN in Somalia, Yugoslavia and Iraq.
The IraqSlogger about page says:
IraqSlogger reports on traditional topics as well as extraordinary topics: black market prices in Baghdad, the buzz on Iraq’s streets, the latest graffiti in Iraq, and more. IraqSlogger’s contributors include journalists in Iraq, the U.S., and elsewhere who are committed to providing insightful and, at times, unconventional, reporting and analysis, as well as links to, and critiques of, reporting and analysis in U.S. and Iraqi news outlets.
Editor and Publisher says:
His site includes everything from links to op eds and articles in mainstream U.S. papers to “viral videos” and jokes from Iraq. Jordan points to “nuggets” missed by the U.S. media, such as Iraqis getting “addicted” to the TV series “Lost,” or the latest kidnapping of contractors. Not merely a collection of links, it will focus on what he calls “original reporting from Iraq beyond the traditional.”
One of the site’s unique and most valuable services is a daily roundup of news from Iraqi newspapers that few in the U.S. media have ever bothered to translate. Jordan has Arabic speakers here and in Iraq providing this service, and so far this week, these columns have gotten “far more” traffic than anything else on the site. A staffer in Iraq also monitors blogs there.
— Former CNN News Chief To Launch ‘IraqSlogger’ Site, By Greg Mitchell, Editor and Publisher (December 13, 2006)
Early reviews of the site are mixed. One commentator notes that “this company is mixing up the job of making available a free news-reporting service with that of hiring themselves out as private intel consultants/providers, offering themselves to the highest bidders.” (What is IraqSlogger?, by Helena Cobban, Just World News, December 14, 2006.)