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Originally posted by worldwatcher
Instead of "Experts" I think ATSNN need "Editors" and "Staff" willing to work with members on submissions, make changes, correct spelling and upgrade stories only when they meet acceptable standards.
Originally posted by Mirthful Me
Also, it's time to get back to basics, not every "home town story" deserves an ATSNN thread, there are plenty of forums in ATS, BTS, and PTS where these can be posted.
Originally posted by FredT
In regards to the adding of more categories, I think we have enough as it is and perhaps even a few could be deleted.
Originally posted by infinite
Maybe we should ATS teams? for example, group of members in London could report breaking news from there? same for New York etc? more hands on work instead of using secondary sources from the net?..meaning we go and get our own stories
Originally posted by Odium
And I agree with you, 100% mate.
This is what the future has to be. A unbiased news portal, of people who actually go out and get their own news stories. Instead of us being a source of secondary [or third] information because then we are bias - because we are reporting what another news group has to say who have their own agenda.
Originally posted by Mayet
Ok but there is one issue with that... Press passes for legitimacy....
Thats the only stopper because without it reporters just won't "get in there"
Originally posted by Seekerof
If I remember correctly, ATSNN once had 'editors' and 'staff' that did what you are mentioning above. Alas, I have forgotten why ATSNN went away from having 'editors' and 'staff'.
Originally posted by Nerdling
As for press passes; in the UK you have to be a member of the National Union of Journalists. The media organisation you represent must also supply details proving that you are with them.
ATSNN is classed as a blog/independent media collective also known in the business as an "indy house".
Originally posted by Nerdling
In the UK you really have to be a member of the accredited press and a member of the NUJ. NUJ membership is well controlled and if I recall correctly you have to prove you are a journalist or a journalism student.
A report has been recieved of al-Zarqawi having blown himself up when surrounded by troops.
This news is just breaking over CNN and other sources. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi may have been killed today when coalition forces surrounded a house believed to be a safe house. Inital reports state that eight occupants of the house committed suicide by blowing themselves up, rather than risk being taken alive by the coalition.
Although this will be good news if true, I am sure they have backup leaders, and backup leaders behind the backup leaders to carry on their campaign.
CNN reported this just a few moments ago. The terrorists chose suicide over a gun battle or surrender. al-Zarqawi was supposedly among the dead.
It would have been better to capture him alive. There will be much skepticism over the identity if he is indeed dead; recall the doubts over whether Saddam Hussein's two sons were actually the men in the pictures.
It is possible that the coalition has some DNA or other identification methods to determine if it is indeed al-Zarqawi. One wonders whether the recent bombings in Amman, Jordan, that al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for, turned out to be his downfall in the end.