Iran: The Future of Breaking News is Now

Much has been said about Twitter, YouTube and their roles in the Iran protests. I can’t add anything to that.

However, what I can say is … the convergence of citizen and professional journalism is at last taking place, with a thorough and wholehearted embrace by none other than the NY Times. Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic is posting blog items and Twitter feeds — fine.

But the NY Time’s blog, “The Lede,” is at the front of the pack in terms of pro-am integration. Why? Because they recognize that the nature of the information posted as definitive cannot be established, and instead it must be recognized as fluid, in play, and subject to ongoing interpretation.

Because as they post content submitted by “the people formerly known as the audience,” they’re working in realtime to verify, and relying on not only their own skills, but feedback from the community of users.

See, for example, the comment in bolded-red text about 1/5th of the way halfway down the page, in which to members of the public offer differing views on the protest location a particular video depicts.

Real crowdsourcing + real journalism, in realtime.

This at last is convergence, is new media, is new journalism.

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