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Can blogs beat papers to a pulp? (Saturday – Weekend Review, 02 Dec 2006, Page 16)

Well, fellow bloggers, I’d like to get your thoughts on this article. Seems to really paint a pretty negative picture for the future of traditional journalists.

So…what can be done to take this “problem” and turn it into an opportunity to bridge mainstream media and the blogging community in a way that benefits us all?


Can blogs beat papers to a pulp?

Saturday – Weekend Review
02 Dec 2006

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how the British papers have been engaged in a ?wallchart war?, throwing out free posters in the hope of grabbing a few readers before they left the room. What ever would be next? This week we got an answer. The Guardian… read more…

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  1. December 5, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    The article makes two points, both of which I tend to agree with:

    1.) blogs have a speed and ease of access that print publications don’t have.
    2.) bloggers now have the ability to critique traditional media in a public way, and have taken that job on with relish.

    Asuming that’s a fair summary, here are my thoughts:
    1.) where blogs have speed, print has mobility. At the point where posession of a mobile device with internet access is as ubiquitous as an mp3 player or cell phone, then print becomes a much less attractive option for getting news. As my buddy Darwin used to say: “Adapt or die out.”
    2.) I think it would be smart of print to make friends of the bloggers, particularly those who use the print article as the basis for their post. Reciprocal feeding of the two communities may be where the solution lies.
    That could be as simple as printing blogosphere reactions for selected front page articles.

  2. December 5, 2006 at 10:11 pm

    I like the idea of Print publishers sharing what bloggers think of their front page articles.

    You probably already know this, but for those who don’t…. if a blogger posts an article from http://www.pressdisplay.com, not only does the blog point to the article, the paper also links back to the blogger. So the publishers know who’s blogging their articles from PressDisplay and could open discussions with bloggers and bridge the gap that currently exists (if they wanted to…)

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