The 2008 Presidential Campaign gives Time magazine's James Poniewozik the chance to expound his theory that the 24-hour news cycle is dead. In its place, thanks to digital technology and the 'unofficial media', is the 24-minute news cycle.
"If you follow campaign news, you'll see this cycle in action several times a day, with stories sprouting, blooming and dying like flowers in time-lapse photography," he says.
Here's a nice post from technology journalist Charles Arthur on why news doesn't have to be, well,Â new. The Brand/Russell broadcast, Arthur points out, should have been cold potatoes by the time the Mail on Sunday picked it up more than a week after it had gone out. Not so, as we have seen. And he gives a neat definition that encapsulates a newspaper law: "News is what the reader doesnâ€™t yet know, but you can persuade them they want to".
The mysterious powers that run IT have finally allowed us to install Firefox on the newsroom PCs. So if you want to give Internet Explorer the elbow, you'll find it on the list under Start->All programs.
Geneva Overholser at the Online Journalism Review wonders whether the traditional business model for journalism - i.e publishing companies run for profit -Â has distorted the social responsibilities of journalists. She quotes former investment banker Adlai Wertman, who claims that profit-seeking companies "quickly go from no social mission to no social responsibility" - resultingÂ in a distorted notion of "what the public wants" when it comes to journalism, and a terribly inadequate news diet for a self-governing people.