SdJ press coverage, and file posted
- For those familiar with Google/News, try doing a search on the German
language version for "Alan Moon." You'll find a number of articles
from the German press covering the SdJ award (sadly, a similar search
of the U.S. Google/News turns up nothing.)
For those who are unfamiliar with Google/News, do this:
- Go to www.google.com
- Click on the "News" tab at the top - If you've never seen this, this
is a wonderful service that quickly scans all news sites on the web
and assembles sort of a front page of the moment.
- At the bottom of the main news page, where there is a list of
International Versions, click on "Deutschland." Then you get a main
news page that searches German-language sites.
- In the search field at the top of the German language page, enter
"Alan Moon" (with the quote marks) and click on the "News-Suche"
button to the right.
- You'll get what appears to be only one or two results, but this
actually just represents a grouping of articles under the subject of
"Alan Moon". If you click on "und weitere" you'll get a fuller list of
articles on the SdJ award. Many of them are duplicates of same AP or
DPA wire service articles. However several of them, most notably
Stern, Yahoo Germany, and Ruendshau-Online.de, have decent pictures
Alan holding up TtR.
I should have posted this earlier this week as there were about 45
links closer to Monday, but now the number is diminishing daily as the
news recedes into the past.
Monday, the day of the award, when I did this, I didn't even have to
do the news search for Alan's name. The award ceremony news story was
actually the lead story on Google News Deutschland, higher than the
return of Iraqi sovereignty to the locals (which was the lead news
story on the US Google News). Google News is still listed as a Beta
site, has been since its inception, and is often quirky, yet I still
thought this was pretty funny. Even then a search for Alan's name on
the US site turned up nothing. So even though AP went with the story
on its German feed, even though the story involves an American, it
didn't see fit to send it on its US feed (or if it did, no one picked
it up - I'm an editor at the Boston Globe and I searched the wires
Monday to see if it did make it on US wire services, though, and I'm
pretty sure it didn't). Anyway, I found the two nations' contrast in
story play interesting to say the least. Board games in Germany - lead
story (albeit from a search engine that seems to emphasize timeliness
over news value assessment); board games in the US - nothing.
I posted to the files section a screen grab (ticketgoogle.jpg) I made
of Google News Deutschland when I saw the SdJ in its lead position. I
thought others might get a kick out of it too. (Note - it needs to be
viewed at 100% to be readable)