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..