Blogwatch: Apr. 17, 2006

The BBC recruited new Netizens last week, sending a reporter with a laptop to the drought-stricken village of Moyale, Ethiopia, so that residents could take part in a daylong online chat with visitors to BBC.com Notes from a Teacher, a Canadian journalism instructor's blog, praised the BBC for "facilitating public, person-to-person conversation." The Concoction, an Africa-focused blog, saw a lesson for NGOs, which should "follow the BBC's example" and talk to locals "before they design their projects." Wonkette played the snarky cynic: "Live starving villagers waiting to talk to you!" it said. "That's a bit of a downer."

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