Online news, 10 years later

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“Online news, 10 years later

“The facts of business life have blunted some of the promise of the Internet when it comes to publishing news online.

“Writing in the Online Journalism Review, Nora Paul recalls that the first “New News” seminar held at the Poynter Institute, a journalism education group, was filled with ideas. One was that the “unlimited news hole” of the Internet would allow reporters to make available all the information they’d gathered but couldn’t get into the newspaper or on the air. That hasn’t happened. “It’s a very rare happening,” said Dennis Buster, news editor of in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

“The Web has also become an alert service. Paul quoted Rusty Coats of Minnesota Opinion Research Inc. as saying, “Don’t market your site by saying we’ll give you more. People don’t have enough time now. They don’t want more. They want efficiency.” See ‘New News’ retrospective.”

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