Thursday, August 23, 2007

The new news

There's a really nice piece on Slate from last night that gets into how news consumption is changing and how some newspapers are using their web content in the next day's paper.
Formerly considered the back end of news distribution, the Web has become the front end, the place where news originates.
I don't know about the average user, but the way I consume sports news sounds an awful lot like the author of this article.


At 6:20 p.m., August 23, 2007, Blogger Daniel said...

This is especially true in smaller towns across the world, where only local news is usually reported. I remember visiting my mom in Kentucky, her town paper was only published once a week and almost never covered a sport other than college basketball.

The internet really gives you whatever you want. It breaks down that firewall of information. It is scary to think how quick a quote, misquote, rumor, picture or whatever you want can be published. And once it is published, it is impossible to remove. Archived forever either on the public internet or on someones local hard drive, waiting for a resurface.

By the time the paper is printed, its dated. Static content doesn't fly now, we need ever changing, searchable, dynamic content. And if we want to know more, we want to search for it or click a reference link. Wikipedia's sister site, Wikinews, is where we are headed. Places like Digg and other user submitted portals.

Now someone just has to invent a good anti-troll mechanism.

At 6:26 p.m., August 23, 2007, Blogger Daniel said...

Quick add...

As you can see though, it takes the community make it work. The three most recent hockey related articles were the playoff schedule, Chris Pronger being suspended for game 4 of the SCF and the Ducks win the cup. Seems like they missed a bit between round 1 and the finals.

At 7:50 p.m., August 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slate also has a good piece on how sports blogging is prompting seismic shifts in how fans get their information. Very pertinent when considering Mr. Mirtle's own work.


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