Thursday, December 22, 2005

The future of the trade press

Vik David

On the tech side, I've dropped all my print magazine subscriptions (JDJ, EAI Journal, Computerworld, InfoWorld, etc.) and rely completely on blogs and a podcast or two. This is good because my tech news is MUCH more focused to what I care about.

This is very discouraging, because some of the best reporting is done in the trade press. Tech blogs have a very idiosyncratic approach. They are unreliable in the sense that they do not have regular assignments or deadlines. If you want a predictable source of news on a subject you need a professional organization, news is not something amateurs can do, any more than writing code is something amateurs can do. Somehow the trade press is going to have to create a symbiotic relationship with blogs.

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