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Chatting about attribution of online conversation

After our post the other day, Blog Comments as News, Chris and I captured this AIM session that has a few of our thoughts on the subject.

cw: i’ve seen this thing showing up in other news stories as well. reporters are using blogs and message boards. they use unattributable sources (e.g. crazylegs45).

cw: frankly i think reporters are doing this more out of laziness rather than as a way to get more diverse viewpoints into the paper. hell, who wouldn’t rather cut and paste a quote? it’s a good way to keep from working.

sb: i’m all for it, if reporters can verify sources, or if they can accurately paraphrase an overwhelming sentiment among a particular group of posters.

cw: of course, but i’ve never seen a reporter write: “12-year-old Jenifer Hansom of Chicago, Ill., known to her online readers as crazylegs66, says ...”

sb: which begs the question: if news agencies had their own forums of discussion, with registered members, could they more freely verify quotes and get permissions easily?

cw: that’s a good point but there seems to be more interesting conversations that will always happen well away from the source. but it’s an intersesting idea.

sb: but who would know… news media really don’t invest in the conversation, they just lurk it.

cw: the idea is one we’ve talked about a lot. news sites should plug into RSS feeds and surface relevant ones on their site - or have people register their blog to the site for verification. that has some potential.

sb: or use trackback inline with a story.

cw: there could be a clearing house - or sites like technorati or blogdex could sell such services to news outlets. that is a super enhanced version of our waypath intent.

More to come..

Posted on Feb 02, 2004 | 10:26 am EST

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