Where to begin.
Let’s first take a moment to applaud GriftDrift for that brief post he wrote over a year ago about layoffs at CL. Apparently that was a major local story — particularly among the gravedancing crowd.
Of course that wasn’t the only big news broken by our local blogging community. Thank God someone had the courage to tell the story of MARTA’s SouljaGirl. I’d say stop the presses, but why bother.
As for evidence of bloggers breaking stories…though I can only take credit for some of them…my readers have helped me break many stories over the years including the Trackside Fire, which we reported a full 12 hours before the AJC, resulting in over 8,000 hits in a single day. Also, the Fellini’s robbery comes to mind, which the AJC never reported.
Finally, a note of thanks to the self-appointed doyenne of new media, spaceyg, for putting this debate into context. Her background in promotions makes spacey uniquely qualified to lecture on the future of journalism.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this preview of the brave “new media” world. Toodles, as they say.