Jeff Jarvis has a column in The Guardian that he reposted on his blog about Readers-Edition. It’€™s a reader contributed German newspaper online, moderated by an editor and closely linked to its father, online only Netzeitung. Apparently it does it job superbly, showing the traditional journos over at Netzeitung a thing or two about bloggers and their workflow.
Anyway, Jarvis asks a few interesting questions about why this isn’€™t done more frequently. A larger city could have a reader contributed newspaper online and really put the knife to traditional print papers since readers are where it happens. There are media companies that wants to buy your photos since they can’€™t have photographers everywhere, and today’€™s mobile phone cameras can actually cut it online.
Interesting thoughts. The news flow is changing, that’€™s nothing new, and lots of stiff traditional media companies are going to have a hard time surviving unless they reorganize to battle start-ups.
Author: Thord Daniel Hedengren
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.