Links as news

Scott Karp’s Publish2, though still in beta, did some neat work with some wired editors for election night using the social bookmarking tool to enable journalists to compile lists of the best links on election night. Here‘s Jack Lail of KnoxNews writing about how they’re using it and here is the latest fruit of their linking.

What I like about this is that it’s outward looking and linking for news sites but also that it is collaborative. The idea is that good reporters are gathering these links in the course of their work and now here’s a tool that lets them share those links with each other and their readers in the normal course of their work (without having to make time to put together that damned sidebar box). It’s also a glimpse into their work and their sources and that’s both interesting and usefully transparent.

(Disclosure: I’m on the board of Publish2. And while I’m bragging about portfolio companies — well, unlike Fred Wilson, I don’t have a portfolio, I mere have friends — here’s a mention of Daylife, where I’m a partner…)

Also check out Daylife’s tracking of the news coverage of candidates and issues. Clinton won more delegates last night, but Obama continues to get more coverage.


Note also the Daylife Issuedex, showing a sharp increase in coverage of health care. And a damned good thing..

(I’m involved in both these companies because I think they provide new tools for journalism and election night provides a nice illustration.)

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  • Jeff, I wish you and Scott luck in this venture. But, we’ve really got to get off this line of thinking that journalists at different outlets will be cooperating with each other. The future is about competition, not cooperation. If this is a useful tool, I’d suggest it would either need to be a fact-gatherer for lone news outlets or something for use by audiences. (Steve Boriss, The Future of News)

  • Steve,
    I disagree. The days of everubody doing the same thing to compete rae long over. Can’t afford that anymore. Do what you do best and link to the rest.

  • Jeff,
    But, I believe each outlet must do something to add value, whether it is a superior job of filtering, aggregating, or packaging information for their specific audience. I see the news business breaking-up between news sources on one hand and editors/aggregators on the other, with current news outlets hopefully making the successful transition to the latter. News sources do not necessarily have to be reporters, and in most cases will not be — we’ve already got an enormous network of PR firms, think tanks, and political and corporate communications representatives. I guess I see much more radical change coming than you do.

  • SteveSgt

    That’s right! Everyone should become a middle-man, just riding on the back of someone else who’s doing the real work. Why create anything original anymore, when you can find someone else who’s done something similar and jump on their back?

  • Uh, Sarge, sending links to good work is sending the attention it needs and with an ad structure in place that will also mean sending monetization. That will be the reason to do original work, so it is seen — via links.

  • Jeff,

    It’s nice to see you banging the drum of turning processes into content.

    Creating a blog or social media presence to tack onto a newspaper website or off the back of a programme can lead to great things. More likely, it will have little editorial value and running it will put yet another burden upon journalists and content producers.

    But using Social Media and Blogging as part of the research and content production process can often lead to productivity gains, help reach out to audiences, and allow journalists to actually create content and interact as they go without imposing much of an addition burden upon them.

    I’ve been blogging about this a lot recently. Here’s a post with 10 concrete ideas for how you might turn your own processes into content and some videos with BBC people who actually do it.