Ronda Hauben covers the United Nations and UN related issues in her blog at taz.de, “Netizen Journalism and the New News”. As a co-author with Michael Hauben of the book “Netizens: On the History and Impact of the Usenet and the Internet,” she is interested in the impact the Internet and netizens can make in transforming our society. In her blog she focuses on the potential of the Net and netizens to make possible a new and more inclusive form of journalism, a “netizen journalism.” This is a journalism that has a socially oriented objective, to watchdog over the abuse of power, and to report on grassroots models for a more participatory and inclusive society.
Ronda was the recipient of the 2008 Silver Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for Excellence in Journalism in written media (including online media) for coverage of the UN and its agencies. She has covered the UN since 2006 as a resident correspondent, first for OhmyNews International, and more recently for taz.de.
Ronda has written articles in English for Telepolis since 1998. She was a featured writer for OhmyNews International (OMNI) from 2004 to 2010. Her articles are publicly archived at OMNI, though the site is no longer an English language News site. In 2008 she began her blog at taz.de.
The book ‘Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet’ by Michael Hauben and Ronda Hauben, is a pioneering study of the history and social impact of Internet. A print edition of Netizens appeared in 1997 in English and also in Japanese. The book was put online in 1994. The url for the online version is: http://www.columbia.edu/~hauben/netbook/
Ronda has written over 200 articles for OMNI and other publications. Many of her recent articles are online at: