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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The State of Journalism Today

The New York Times is providing continuously updated coverage of the protests in Iran using Twitter feeds and blog posts as well as wire service reports. What is interesting is that the tweets and blogs are far more compelling and immediate than the wire service pieces while the professional journalists are much better at providing context. Together they are far more informative than either would be on their own. This integrative approach may well be the future of journalism, at least we can hope. I have also noticed TV cable channels trying to integrate Twitter into their reports. That, however, is far less interesting than what the Times is doing. It is far better to be able to scan through the posts, stories and commentary than to have some info-babe read a few selected sentences to you.

Check it out here.

Despite the manifest troubles afflicting the profession, we may well be entering the real golden age of journalism.