Link of the Week: March 11 - 17
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If you haven't heard the word "weblog"—or "blog"—chances are that you will soon. These popular web pages, are logs of the web, usually organized chronologically, in which the author links to topics of interest. Blogs vary greatly and can act as diaries, organization news sources, forums or collections of information on related topics. For more about blogs, see this article about blogs, and how to start your own, at the TechSoup site we featured last week. A list of some top journalists weblogs is posted at A popular weblog for nonprofits is Nonprofit Online News.

Link/Article of the Week Archives
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2003 CAR Conference in NC: IRE has also announced that the Annual Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference will be held on March 14-16, 2003 in Charlotte, N.C. The event features panels by the best in the business on every beat and topic including Census, crime, education, local and state government, freedom of information and transportation. Hands-on classes will be offered featuring spreadsheets, database managers, mapping, statistics and the latest in cutting-edge technology. IRE sponsors the event along with the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR). This year's event is hosted by The Charlotte Observer and NBC News. See IRE's site for more details and registration information.

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Article Spotlight:
Walesa on Democracy
Here's what Lech Walesa had to say about democracy and the 'third world war' when he visited Western North Carolina in November, 2001.
Charles White of the Crossroads Chronicle tells the story in Nobel Prize winner visits Western Carolina.


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