The Macedonian Tendency: How To Find News on Macedonia

Thursday, September 27, 2007

How To Find News on Macedonia

By David Edenden

My attempt to turn The Macedonian Tendency into a group blog covering breaking news on Macedonia has been less than successful for a variety of reasons. I will revert to my original format, which was a vehicle for occasional insights into Macedonia's place in the world. A "News Reader" makes it easy monitor my blog without having to check back here constantly. Here is Google Reader, which is one of the best. Anyone who wants to contribute is welcome to do so. See "A Revised Guide to Contributors to "The Macedonian Tendency"

For those of you who would like to read news on Macedonia, on a daily basis, see
Macedonian News Service at Yahoo Groups. It is the most comprehensive digest of the daily news monitoring a variety of Macedonian outlets. It's main drawback is that there are no links to the original source so journalists may be skeptical about the information reproduced here.

A similar, less comprehensive, but more readable news outlet, in the form of a blog, is
Macedonian News. The major drawback is its policy of reproducing Greek propaganda without providing a Macedonian perspective. See an example here and see my response here.

Makfax is a major news service in Macedonia. It does not produce any original content but merely repackages existing material. Like Macedonian News, it reproduces Greek propaganda without providing a Macedonian perspective. Any journalist visiting this site would get a Greek perspective on the Macedonian Greek dispute. See my comment here. Also, Makfax spends a great deal of time, energy and money reporting on foreign news. I can understand this policy for its Macedonian language readers, but no one goes to Makfax to read about Poland and Russia in English. Bizarre! And finally, Makfax, along with some other Macedonian media, does not know how to spell the name of the mediator of the Macedonian Greek dispute. It is Matthew Nimetz ... its not"Niemitz". I have contacted Makfax several times and they refuse to correct it. Embarrassing!

If you want a few good links, along with a few daily news stories and articles, go to
Mak News. This sight specializes in major news stories with good links and a few good articles in its archive. There is also a well developed and active bulletin board. The drawback it the links are dropped after a month or so, and there is no archive of quotes from the articles. It is not very useful for journalists as a guide to what other journalist are saying about Macedonia ... good or bad

Finally, interesting items are often posted to
Reality Macedonia's Yahoo message board. There are other message boards around but they tend to be repetitive of what has been posted here. Why these boards cannot get together is a mystery.

The Reality Macedonia news site is defunct which is a low down dirty rotten shame.

Alt.New.Macedonia used to be a source of interesting articles and its archive is still worth searching, but currently, there is no sign of intelligent life.

I will be posting an article about political sites and historical sites in the near future.

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