Mitch Joel: New Media by Design

August 23rd, 2011

The Huffington Post Canada
By Mitch Joel
August 23, 2011

Why is it that the majority of online news sources all look the same?

There is no doubt that news as we know it has forever changed because anyone and everyone can report on an incident live and in the moment. It’s hard for the most respected traditional media outlets to break major news events in this day and age. There’s even been some recent discussion online about whether or not any one outlet can break news anymore with an exclusive report because of our always on/always connected world.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for major news outlets to be following the social media channels to source stories as they happen. Look no further than the announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed and you’ll find a short-step to a tweet by IT consultant and Abbottabad, Pakistan resident, Sohaib Athar, who unknowingly busted the Navy SEAL’s cover when he tweeted, “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)” as the dramatic military operation was happening live and in real-time.

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