…is going to change journalism. It sets a new paradigm.
The paradigmatic case will be crowd-sourcing, aggregation/filters, and analysis. The crowd-sourcing is raw data: Twitter, Flickr, YouTube. The aggregation and filtering will take place on blogs like the Daily Dish or the NY Times’s The Lede. The analysis will essentially be blog posts referencing the crowd-sourced data.
Official media do still have a significant role to play: they are the counterparties for communication with senior officials (government, religious, business, celebrities). These senior officials will not speak with just anyone, so there need to be some kind of intermediaries from organizations they consider responsible. Blogs and Twitter will not put journalists out of business. But journalists should concentrate on tasks they can perform well — interviewing senior officials, accessing authoritative data — and largely leave the man-in-the-street stuff to…well, men in the streets.
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