Also 197th interview published. 3 more to 200.
On Jan 11, 2008 2:19 PM, Jason Safoutin <jason.safoutin(a)wikinewsie.org> wrote:
Got this from Sandy:
*Citizen Journalism coming of age*
/Wikinews Achieves Unprecedented Interview with Shimon Peres/
When you think of citizen journalism, you might think of the last blog
you read or someone's ranting opinion on what they saw on TV. However,
citizen journalism has come of age, and is attracting the attention of
leaders worldwide. Wikinews, Wikipedia's sister project, is a pioneer in
this new medium, and is paving the way for citizen journalists through
On January 9, 2008 Wikinews published an interview with Shimon Peres,
President of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Peres met with
David Shankbone, Wikinews reporter, on December 20, 2007, and discussed
a diversity of topics, including Iranian politics, whether Israel is in
danger of being side-lined in Middle Eastern importance because of Arab
oil wealth, and Peres's thoughts against those who say Israeli culture
is in a state of decay.
Shankbone was one of several technology reporters invited to Israel by
the foreign ministry and the America-Israel Friendship League in
This is the first interview granted to Wikinews by a distinguished head
of state, and is a symbolic milestone for the news site.
To view article, visit:
In the past, Wikinews has interviewed Reverend Al Sharpton, Republican
presidential candidates Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, and Duncan Hunter,
World Wide Web co-inventor Robert Cailliau, and New Zealand MP Nick
Smith, among others
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