Thursday, December 02, 2004

How do you get your news?

Crystal ball (navel?) gazing is a popular media pastime. Speculation about the influence of technology and media consumption trends rank high among the various anxieties of editors and news executives. So it's interesting to take an occasional snapshot of various predictions and projections. Here are today's:

1. One of the most interesting new developments is Wikipedia's move into news. Members of the open-source community who write and edit Wikipedia's encyclopedia entries can test their skills as journalists at Wikinews. The news site follows a similar set of rules as the encyclopedia, which allows anyone to edit and post corrections to entries, as long as each change is recorded.

2. How long before mainstream media begins buying up blogs?

"... established media brands will have no choice but to adopt blog strategies -- and acquisitions will be a part of it."
Blogmeister, Nick Denton, is the man to watch.

3. OhmyNews isn't exactly new but has gathered a good deal of attention recently. Democratic journalism is the new buzzword.

4. Will newspaper websites begin charging for access? OK, some already have begun charging for selected content, but where is this trend heading?

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