Monday, August 06, 2012

Breaking News

...don’t be fooled by the fallacy that it’s blogs and social media that “break news”. News has always broken outside of newsrooms. It’s just that now, more people see it before it hits the papers. It does, however, reach the most people, in the most responsible way, via traditional media. Newspapers aren’t perfect, but they get a lot less wrong a lot less often than crowd-driven and hysterical social media services
~ source will be revealed later

Do YOU agree with this statement?

Someone wrote in the early 1990s that because newspapers from distant cities were more readily available on the same day they were printed, readers began to see that patterns and types of crime repeated themselves in 100-to-175 mile radius "pockets" surrounding cities. Today the local lines are blurred. The story of an abduction in Seattle can hit hard hundreds of miles away.

Late-breaking news stories from the 1960s thru mid-80s often appeared in the "Red Streak" evening edition of the Knickerbocker News (Albany NY) ... after the Knick folded, radio and tv reporters would flock to Coulson's on Broadway for the first edition of the next morning's Times Union, which would be delivered around 11:30pm.

Traditionally (in the Albany market and many others) radio and tv would look to the newspapers for any stories not dealt with thru press releases or news conferences. Citizens would "wait" and "get their news when they got it."

In the internet age, they want it (and get it) NOW!

Now here we are, into the 2010's, where news breaks everywhere and in many cases (as we saw in the Batman Massacre) ordinary people armed with smartphones are chronicling everything. This is TRULY "The Unblinking Eye" in action. To that we can add security and traffic cameras. Big Brother is watching. And involved.

Where do you get YOUR news? Newspapers or Blogs?

Which do you trust?

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Syria: “I Tweeted Prime Minister Riad Hijab's Defection First”

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Citizen Media in action! A Syrian Twitter user claims that he was the first to break the news that Syrian Prime Minister Riad Farid Hijab would defect a week ago. The Twitter user goes by the name @THE_47th and is also credited with announcing other defections well before mainstream media.

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  1. Drudge man, that's the news right there!

  2. Dave! The newspapers still have great SCOOPS! Too bad more people don't read 'em! LIKE THIS ON EIN THE TU!"

  3. Because it requires a journalist and a newspaper who actually collects facts and reports on the story, too much misinformation can be shared or go viral on social media for news. Sure the 'overview' of an event can be discovered quickly but details can be hit or miss. Hoaxes will happen more frequently and I remember quite a few of those last year.

    I get my news typically from CNN or BBC websites, but I do browse knowing it lists many blogs, but I pay attention to the news sites.

  4. I haven't read a newspaper since 2007


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