HuffPo v. NYT (what is journalism?)

June 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well, ladies and gentlemen…the day has come. The Huffington Post officially surpassed The New York Times with unique monthly visitors.

I could go in to the typical journalism mumbo jumbo about the importance of print media and saving the print newspaper or the ethical implications of giving HuffPo all of the clicks for stories written in other newspapers (*cough*reappropriation*cough*). But I won’t. Sometimes you just have to accept what the masses demand, and right now they want simplified, reappropriated, click-stealing news from a blog. That comes out a little harsher than I intend.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a frequent reader of Huffington Post, and their food section is to die for. It definitely has its place in our news consumption patterns. But let’s not forget about the long standing traditional news media that worked hard to uncover and develop the stories that lay as the foundation for most Huffington Post articles.

I can’t lie. I’m consuming half of my news from Twitter, hardly a sophisticated representation of what journalism should be. But as Mr. Bob D says, “The times, they are a-changin’.” How are you consuming your news? What has changed about how you find out about things in the last five years?

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