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Future of reporting - from "filter, then publish" to "publish, then filter" or ...

Forbes | Disruptive Economy :: Timothy Lee wrote an "aweful" nice piece. In his article "A Crisis in Reporting" he describes the two different working styles of print and digital journalists.

He writes: "Print reporters sometimes waste time on stories that get spiked, file under-reported stories to meet arbitrary deadlines, or cut out interesting material to save space.

Clay Shirky has called this a “filter, then publish,” process. In contrast, Forbes bloggers like me operate on a “publish, then filter” model. We write whatever we want, the Forbes editors decide which content to promote on the Forbes home page, and we’re paid based on the traffic we receive. This is more efficient not only because we don’t have to waste time negotiating with our editors, but also because there are fewer perverse incentives: we get paid if and only if we write stuff people want to read."

Timothy, I would suggest a third way "curate, publish, listen and then respond". It is the working process I propose for the Liquid Newsroom. You first curate a stream of news covering a specific topic, publish what you find interesting and of value for your readers, listen to their response in real-time and respond to it with indepth articles on the subject of interest. I've tried to visualize it here: Liquid Newsroom - proposal for a process of real-time editing

Future of reporting - continue to read Timothy Lee, blogs.forbes.com

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