Archive for December, 2008

Back To Mapquest

Posted on December 14, 2008, by Hanna Ingber, under Crime.

My car was broken into this weekend. Glass everywhere. For a GPS system. Thoughts while sitting on the street, in the cold, waiting for two hours for police to come: Jerks. Violated. Pissed. Annoyed. Not excited about waiting for police, filling out report, dealing with GEICO, finding a glass repair shop on a Sunday night, buying a new GPS stysem because now I am dependent on it to get anywhere. At least I have something interesting to write on my Facebook status. But so not fun.

Update: Passers-by very sympathetic. One gave me suggestions for glass repair shops, and offered me cashews. The police eventually came, after I called three times. Not so sympathetic. They said no, they haven’t seen more theft because of the economy. Not yet anyway. GEICO was rather helpful and will be here tomorrow. I parked it in a garage over night. The garage man said they have seen a lot of these GPS-thefts. The kids who steal them sell them for five, ten dollars, according to the garage man. I would have given them five dollars. I didn’t even have the GPS visible, but the suction thing was on the windshield. The garage man said the kids see the charger and know it’s there. Oh Brooklyn.


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HuffPost World Launched!

Posted on December 4, 2008, by Hanna Ingber, under International, Media.


We launched!! The Huffington Post has a new section dedicated to world news and opinion. We had our official launch today — check it out: www.huffingtonpost.com/world

Today we had opeds from Queen Noor of Jordan, Sen. John Kerry, Francisco Toro on Chavez, Virginia Moncrief on the Mumbai attacks, Andi Friedman on women’s equality in Rwanda, and many other fabulous writers based all over the world.

Plus, I did an interview with Christiane Amanpour on her genocide documentary (which airs tonight on CNN at 9PM), international reporting, and the role of new media and citizen journalists. She said this about bloggers:

Sometimes it is incredibly useful, for instance, in closed societies such as Burma. Some of the images, some of the stories that have come out have been by the Internet and by citizen journalists. And that has been indispensable in terms of knowing what is going on when journalists like myself and others cannot get visas to get in there and cannot operate. … In that regard I think the bloggers or the citizen journalists are very brave and very useful.

I think that in the West sometimes blogging is an excuse for sitting back and just commenting on life as it passes by and putting out your opinions on what is happening. Sometimes those are interesting, but not always. And the truth of the matter is I do not believe, no matter how sophisticated the delivery platform, I don’t think there is a substitute or should there be a substitute for professional journalism, which comes with training, with experience, with credibility, with developing trust based on the accuracy of your record in the field. I think that is an absolute must. That must stay with us so that people have an accurate and objective reference point for their information.

I am the editor of the section and will always be looking for great writers who want to contribute interesting, insightful commentaries on important global issues. Get in touch with me at hingber@huffingtonpost.com.

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