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Mark on June 15th, 2009

One of the problems with reporting is that we are drawn to conflict because “that’s where the story is.” I was as guilty of that as anyone when I covered city council, school board and other community meetings. Issues that resulted in long, contentious debate tended to get most of my attention, regardless of whether […]

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Mark on January 18th, 2009

I’m not sure we’ve seen the worst of the disruption that newspapers are facing because of the internet. Consider HOW TO: Track the Israel Gaza Conflict Using Social Media, an excellent post at Mashable. In it, author Jennifer Van Grove, provides links to a number of services and technologies (Crisiswire, Twitter, RSS, Notify.Me, etc.) that […]

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Mark on September 23rd, 2008

(I’ve been hanging onto this post for a bit, so some of it might seem historical by modern speed-of-the-net standards.) I keep thinking (hoping might be a better word) that media can tear itself away from depending on a common narrative when big news breaks. As handy a reporting tool as it is to have […]

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Mark on July 23rd, 2008

TV Trucks Bear Brunt of Dolly Not sure if the intent of that headline was a snarky comment on the rush of the TV folk to major storm sites, but it sure made me giggle. Currently playing in iTunes: Do It or Die by Atlanta Rhythm Section

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Mark on May 20th, 2008

Ron Sylvester of the Witchita Eagle has been covering a sordid murder trial by filing almost minute-by-minute updates via Twitter, which has made for some interesting (and even compelling) reading for those of us sitting in front of the computer for long stretches of time. As well as Twittering the case, Ron is also writing […]

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Mark on May 14th, 2008

I was going to write a post about the backlash against Twitter, in the wake of a number of posts touting its performance in early coverage of the horrible Chinese earthquake. But I largely don’t have to, because Mathew Ingram beat me to it: I don’t think anyone is saying — as Kaiser puts it […]

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Mark on March 4th, 2008

Not sure what this says about media, but it sure says something about the way my consumption of information has changed: NPR’s News Blog Twitter feed is currently delivering results from the primaries more quickly than the New York Times’ website. Update: So much for that. NPR’s News Blog just signed off for the night.

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Mark on April 6th, 2004

“An independent view of a series of events.” That’s Dave Winer’s attempt to define this thing called news, as he gets set for the journalism discussions that will take place at BloggerCon, a convention about blogging being held in Boston later this month.

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