Dan Gillmor points to the ‘blog-style’ coverage of today’s Virginia Tech shootings in the local Roanoke Times, saying ‘It’s the right format for this kind of event.’ With developments coming in every few minutes, I absolutely agree. Short text items, posting anything/everything as soon as it comes in, chronological presentation. In fact, why not go a step further, and do it in true blog format?
Presumably our more blog-friendly media outlets in the UK (Telegraph, Guardian, maybe the Beeb) would be able to instantly create a new blog instance within their existing systems, to cover any similar stories over here. Others – including those who pride themselves on breaking news coverage, like Sky – might do well to have an installation of WordPress sitting quietly in a corner, waiting to be called into action. (It might be worth having this off-site, too – just in case.)