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June 19, 2006

Washington Post Examines Internet News Gathering

A series of articles (three so far) on the Washington Post web site trace the impact of the Internet on news gathering and reporting.  The reports cover the disruption to traditional news sources which, in comparison, are bound by time-delayed cycles and editorial constraints.  News organizations in the past could decide which news was worth reporting and could suppress stories.  Two examples mentioned include the Swift Boat allegations against democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and the CBS Bush National Guard papers story.  Internet coverage forced the first story on to the national news because of the buzz it created on the Internet.  The second story became bigger news about CBS due to the net's ability to challenge CBS on their sources and handling of the story.

There is also an examination of the evolution of news sites.  Newspapers merely offered a rehash of their print content while worrying about the subscription model.  The use of blogs and other interactive content such as video, podcasts, and other tech developments is making news sites into something quite different from the print and television news products.  The articles also trace the evolution of editorial standards applied to web news sites.

The stories are a fascinating read.  They are here, here, and here.  There should also be links from the main page at Washingtonpost.com under a banner titled Ten Internet Years.

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