Talking About A Revolution

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This may be one of the most important stories on journalism that you read in a long time. Read the whole thing, because it’s, as they story says, a quiet revolution.

Sometimes all you need is a few Tweets, a bunch of links, and some like-minded pioneers.
That’s how a quiet revolution began in Washington state Wednesday. Four journalists spontaneously launched one of the first experiments in collaborative (or networked) link journalism to cover a major local story.
But it gets better. Those four journalists weren’t in the same newsroom. In fact, they all work for different media companies. And here’s the best part: Some of them have never even met in person.


The story says that each of these journalists work at different news organizations. Yet they  worked together to break a huge story while maintaining communication over Twitter.

And it worked.

You are going to see more of this. And you should because it worked effectively.


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  1. jim voorhies said January 9, 2009 | Permalink

    been thinking sorta about this issue and finally posted on it.

  2. newscoma said January 9, 2009 | Permalink

    Thanks Jim. I just saw your post. I think this is a big story on news convergence. I guess I’m not the only one.

  3. Craig McGill said January 9, 2009 | Permalink

    Yes, it’s a nice tale but that’s four people all with access to the same information, so in essence there’s no scoop or exclusive, so buying one paper covers you.

    I can see the uses, but in this day and age of homogenised copy, papers should still be pushing for the scoop – and Twitter collaboration could see it go the other way in parts.

  4. newscoma said January 9, 2009 | Permalink

    You make a good point and I think most journalists are, of course, going to want the scoop. I felt though, in this case with flooding in Washington, that it used the mean of working together for that particular story very well.
    In Tennessee, I’ve seen a lot of collaboration regarding the TVA coal spill.
    Just a new tool to use in certain situations.

  5. lovable liberal said January 10, 2009 | Permalink

    Buying? Paper? Not important in the coming paradigm, which I call the news stack. The news stack will be layers of content from different sources. Even competitors will have to link to each other until they get their own follow-up stories posted on line.

    There will still be real competition for the scoops, though.

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