Networked journalism in The Times

Nice example of networked journalism from David Pogue in The Times today: He wanted to puncture the megapixel myth of cameras and set about to test whether people could tell the difference of a few million pixels in a large print. While reporting the story, he blogged it and his readers objected to his methodology. And so he threw out the challenge to beat what he did and one reader/photographer did. And in the end, Pogue was able to quote what consumers said about all this. So by opening up his story, it improved it. And by adding effort and reporting, he improved the conversation. Everbody wins.

  • Bill K.

    Hey Jeff:

    In his Times articles Pogue says, “The actual lesson, then, is this: ‘For the nonprofessional, five or six megapixels is plenty, even if you intend to make poster-size prints.’”

    But Jeff, according to his blog, David uses a Nikon D80 (as I do), a 10.2 megapixel camera. Why doesn’t he practice what he pundits?

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  • http://www.yourmaclife.com Shawn King

    “David uses a Nikon D80…”

    It’s a loaner from Nikon, not his personal camera.

  • david pogue

    “But Jeff, according to his blog, David uses a Nikon D80 (as I do), a 10.2 megapixel camera. Why doesn’t he practice what he pundits?”

    As Shawn noted above, the D80 is a review unit from Nikon.

    Me, I think I’m gonna go for the 6-megapixel D40 when I have to buy one.

    –Pogue

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