The Best Defense for Blogs: WestportNow

I woke this morning to learn that two major fires struck my town on Christmas Eve. I read about it on WestportNow.com, which is also widely regarded as one of the best case studies in successful localized blogging. I was always sort of aware of that but never sure why, until today.WestportNow had 10 professional-quality photos and story updates posted to the blog between 4 am and 10 am on Christmas morning. On Christmas morning!! Good god, do these guys ever sleep? Look out Westport News and Westport Minuteman because I’m not sure why anyone would want to read your once-a-week rag to get old news. If I open the Westport News on Wednesday to read about the Friday fire, what new information will I get that WestportNow didn’t already provide? Why do I want to read about the same fire twice? (I just looked and as of now, the Westport News website contains nothing about the Longshore fire.)So, kudos to WestportNow. I had you in my mind all day. Because you made me realize that newspapers really are dead. The WestportNow founder, Gordon Joseleff, must have realized this too when he turned his back on more than two decades of highly-respected reporting the UPI and CBS News to help start the citizen journalist revolution.

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4 thoughts on “The Best Defense for Blogs: WestportNow

  1. Meetup, I think it’s a little bit of a stretch to say that newspapers are dead. They’re in a period of redefinement – but in areas where there’s heavy internet saturation (e.g., Westport), I think you’re right in saying that local papers’d better redefine, fast, or risk obsolesence.Advertising will be the ultimate judge, though, and as long as they still buy print ads, newspapers will continue to be relevant.

  2. Great site you have here…If you are interested in another project having to do with blogging and local news I would check out something that has been done in Greenboro, NC<a href="http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2004/12/18/grns_nr.html">http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2004/12/18/grns_nr.html</a&gt; A few people around my community are trying to pull together some bloggers to do the same thing. I find this all quite exciting.

  3. Zack – thanks!JKD – fair enough. when i posted an almost identical entry on the echoditto blog, that was one of the lines i updated. there’s a link to it in the trackbacks for this post.i see your point on advertising being the deciding factor, but an increasing number of studies and articles suggest that we’re not far from seeing the online advertising industry eclipse that of traditional media.here’s a quote from a recent Business Week article on the subject, which also references some other interesting studies"Within two years, online advertising is projected to reach $13.8 billion, motoring past the slower-growing magazine industry, according to Kagan Research LLC in Monterey, Calif."check out the article: <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/@@l8ftRoQQlfABKhcA/magazine/content/04_47/b3909401.htm">http://www.businessweek.com/@@l8ftRoQQlfABKhcA/magazine/content/04_47/b3909401.htm</a&gt;

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