Monday, March 06, 2006

Congratulations Washington Post

New! PressThink's Blue Plate Special Launches. We Name the Top Blogging Newspapers in the U.S.

Number One is the Houston Chronicle, Number Two the Washington Post.


The Best Blogging Newspapers in the U.S. among the 100 largest by circulation.

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From my interview with Ann McDaniel, VP of the Washington Post Corporation:

ALICE MARSHALL: How have blogs affected the news gathering process and editorial practice?

ANN L. MCDANIEL: Definitely. They are one more source of information for the public and readers. Since the sourcing on blogs is questionable at times, though, it is very important to evaluate and confirm it before reporting it.

ALICE MARSHALL: The Washington Post has begun to offer a few staff blogs. Will there be others? Can we look forward to staff blogs at your other media properties?

ANN L. MCDANIEL: : Yes.

ALICE MARSHALL: Are you considering offering a registration-free RSS feed like The New York Times? Or offer a registration-free link generator for bloggers?

ANN L. MCDANIEL: : That’s up to the leadership at the newspaper and Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive.

ALICE MARSHALL: Does it surprise you which stories are picked up by bloggers? Or is it much as you would have predicted?

ANN L. MCDANIEL: : It seems to me there are blogs about virtually everything!

ALICE MARSHALL: Many bloggers have been harshly critical of both The Washington Post and Newsweek. Has the blogging phenomenon given you new respect for politicians and other newsmakers?

ANN L. MCDANIEL: : We’ve always respected politicians and newsmakers and we understand that being written about isn’t always fun. Like others, we hope commentary about us will be accurate and fair.

ALICE MARSHALL: Finally, what benefits do you see arising from the creative tension between bloggers and mainstream media?

ANN L. MCDANIEL: : The more information in the public arena, the better, as long as there are smart editors and reporters to confirm and assess it for readers.

2 comments:

Danny L. McDaniel said...

I couldn't agree more with the comments of Ann McDaniel. The role of the worldwide web and blogs have had a tremendous impact on newsreporting and delivery. My main concern that much on blogs are opinions, and sometimes just political spin, that is considered "news." There is a need for a gatekeeper to insure accuracy, fairness and truthfulness.

With the 24 hour newscycle and cable there is a hugh appetite for news. Back in the old days of three television networks and local newspapers people were actually made to watch and listen to something they disagreed with. Today conservatives turn to FOX for their news they agree with and liberals tune into CNN for news and programming they agree with. Add the effects of webblogs and American society and culture has a divide that will only grow widerer over time and both sides will blame the others' media for the shortcomings and problems of the country.

Newspapers, radio, television and the First Amendment made the United States the OPEC of knowledge. No matter how "balanced" the world is becoming with the rise of economic power of China and India, as long as the United States has a free press and open society we will continue to dominant the production of knowledge and distrbuting of information.

Ann L. McDaniel is one of my most favorite writers and I am glad to see is doing well at the great Washington Post.

Danny L. McDaniel

Alice said...

Newspapers, radio, television and the First Amendment made the United States the OPEC of knowledge.

I had not thought of it that way, but you may be on to something.

I would have no way to know, but I suspect liberals are far more likely to be on the Net reading the Guardian Group or Toronto Star rather than watching cable news.