News Folk, What Say You?
If the scoop it’s something that would have come out anyway, I sort of agree with the above. But, not all scoops are of that nature. It’s possible that if some news organization didn’t bring a certain scoop to light, it might have lingered in the shadows indefinitely.
Bottom line: IMHO scoops do matter, just as long as they’re not ‘Twitter Scoops’ where said reporter might break the news before anyone else, get 1,000 RTs and then a press release with the exact same information comes out five minutes later. Still, those 1,000 RTs are probably pretty exciting for that reporter, and good for the news org that employs them (in some way).

News Folk, What Say You?

If the scoop it’s something that would have come out anyway, I sort of agree with the above. But, not all scoops are of that nature. It’s possible that if some news organization didn’t bring a certain scoop to light, it might have lingered in the shadows indefinitely.

Bottom line: IMHO scoops do matter, just as long as they’re not ‘Twitter Scoops’ where said reporter might break the news before anyone else, get 1,000 RTs and then a press release with the exact same information comes out five minutes later. Still, those 1,000 RTs are probably pretty exciting for that reporter, and good for the news org that employs them (in some way).

newsweek
Look: I chose digital over print 12 years ago, when I shifted my writing gradually online, with this blog and now blogazine. Of course a weekly newsmagazine on paper seems nuts to me. But it takes guts to actually make the change. An individual can, overnight. An institution is far more cumbersome. Which is why, I believe, institutional brands will still be at a disadvantage online compared with personal ones. There’s a reason why Drudge Report and the Huffington Post are named after human beings. It’s because when we read online, we migrate to read people, not institutions. Social media has only accelerated this development, as everyone with a Facebook page now has a mini-blog, and articles or posts or memes are sent by email or through social networks or Twitter.

Andrew Sullivan on the end of Newsweek’s print existence, and the beginning of its all-digital life. (via newsweek)

Are you wondering why blogger Andrew Sullivan is going independent? Check out this post he wrote after Newsweek decided to go digital only. In it, he says that we look to people for news these days, not institutions. When I read this in October, I wondered why Sullivan would keep his brand under the umbrella of an institution if he really felt this way. Today, he’s answered that question.