Pajamas Media, which debuted this fall, said Wednesday that it will have bloggers and reporters in eight Iraqi provinces, including Mosul and Najaf. The , with photos and videos to accompany stories.
The bloggers will be compensated for their time, Pajamas said. The group also plans to pay for equipment rentals or purchases and to provide translation to English.
In covering the Iraq elections, Pajamas is working with 2-year-old Baghdad-based blog "Iraq the Model."
Blogging in general and groups like Pajamas Media are of how best to provide news coverage online, especially of events as they happen. The opportunities for bloggers and "citizen journalists" came into new light duringon the Gulf Coast this summer.
The name Pajamas Media is a rebuke to critics who argue that bloggers are just hanging around the house in pajamas.
"Pajamas' coverage of events like this is an evolving model," co-founder Roger Simon said in a statement. "Input about what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong and what we're not doing--that is critical input, and we welcome it."
Blogging in Iraq came to the surface two years ago, when a, provided live coverage of happenings in Baghdad at the start of the American military action there.