What, what, where, when, how…

What, what, where, when, how…
: Ross Mayfield gives us an eloquently succinct summary of the new methods of getting (and giving) news:

We often pride ourselves as bloggers for how we break news, dig deep, gain sources, carry the story and highlight the details of fast moving events. However, with complex unfolding news, I find myself turning to different outlets for different reasons. We aren’t the best at coverage, we just have a special blend….
Press

Who: Editorial voice

What: Official sources

When: Episodic

Where: Coverage permits

Why: Profit

Blog

Who: Individual voice

What: Opinionated sources

When: Interest piques

Where: Anywhere conversations

Why: Pride

Wiki

Who: Group voice

What: Balanced synthesis

When: Evolving

Where: Common space

Why: Co-creation

That’s a good analysis. But he also says this:

Turn to Press for the official record, Blog for social context and Wiki for the public record.

I will disagree pretty strongly with that last bit.

I don’t go to the press for the official record (I can go to the web for that now). I go to the press — if they’re doing their job — for (as some students at an NYU class said to me yesterday) for succinct writing and good reporting among multiple sources.

I go to weblogs for far more than social context, far more. I go to weblogs to edit the web for me and point me to the best of the press. Weblogs are now my first stop; they are my gateway to the press.

And wikis are new to news but I look forward to seeing how they can improve the presentation of news; they have great potential.

Ross gives examples of each through the tragic lense of the Madrid story: press coverage, blogs (he linked to boingboing; I linked to Technorati), wiki (which I linked to yesterday).

  • http://myblahg.blogspot.com Robert McClelland

    >We often pride ourselves as bloggers for how we break news, dig deep, gain sources, carry the story and highlight the details of fast moving events.
    Who is this guy kidding. Bloggers don’t break news and they don’t have any sources. All bloggers do is leech off the hard work of the mainstream press and then as a thank you to that mainstream press they bash it.
    >I go to weblogs to edit the web for me and point me to the best of the press. Weblogs are now my first stop; they are my gateway to the press.
    Yikes. President Boosh doesn’t read newspapers either. This is just bad, Jeff. You are allowing people to direct what you are and are not reading. You should at least scan the headlines at google news before having your mind subjected to the daily barrage of blog propaganda.

  • http://twistedspinster.com/ Andrea Harris

    Robert KNOWS ALL AND SEES ALL. Save us, Robert! Save us from ourselves!

  • Charlie (Colorado)

    Robert: who had the first stories and pictures of pro-American demonstrations in Iraq, or of the anti-terrorism demonstratinos in Madrid?
    Answer: you’re a moron. Again.

  • Charlie (Colorado)

    NOe that some SOB has deleted the text of the Wikipedia page.

  • Charlie (Colorado)

    I meant “note”.

  • http://ross.typepad.com Ross Mayfield

    The text of the page wasn’t deleted, it was the wrong link. Try this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_11%2C_2004_Madrid_attacks