Newsrooms of yesteryear were just as much about speed as they are today. Internet traffic simply allows the competition to be louder, faster, and more persistent.
Twitter is still big shark making waves, though not everybody has jumped at the opportunity yet. I, myself, am new to the game and use it more for scouting news than adding to the clamor.
Even the Luddites aren’t getting away from technology.
Author Steven Rosenbaum in a Mashable opinion piece, says speech is easy, but finding a way to be heard is the challenge.
Calling all editors.
PopSci Editor Mark Jannot in his monthly letter: “I honestly don’t think it’s your job to tell me … what you want to read. You’re looking to be surprised. It’s our job to tell you.”
Okay, so he’s talking about a journalist’s task of culling and curating information for readers. But who else counts as a curator?
Google and HuffPost are aggregators, but are they curators? Rosenbaum argues that the New York Times is essentially an aggregator, though many would consider a legacy paper to fall into the curator category.
I don’t think Google or HuffPost can be called curators. That job seems to be uniquely human. It is analysis and judgement and weight of the basic elements of story importance: relevance, timeliness, proximity, celebrity, emotion.
We want the Kenny Bania reaction to our pieces. “That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!”