Are these the biggest moments in journalism-blogging history?

Here’s another one for that book I’m working on – I’m trying to think: what have been the most significant events in the history of journalism blogging?

Here’s what I have so far (thanks Mark Jones and Nigel Barlow):

What have I missed? This is a horribly Anglo-American list, too, so I’d particularly welcome similar moments from other countries.


46 thoughts on “Are these the biggest moments in journalism-blogging history?

  1. Shinykatie

    I keep thinking about this after you asked for suggestions on Twitter and I know there are more, but I just can't find them in my brain. Good list though!

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  4. Matthew Bennett

    What about this year's US elections, with Obama's use of social media and blogs to help him into the White House?

  5. Paul Bradshaw

    Thanks. How big was that in the US? It did demonstrate the crowdsourcing potential, so I think I'll put it in. Will also include Christopher Allbritton's Back to Iraq for showing fundraising potential.

  6. Paul Bradshaw

    Those are wonderful, Bob, thanks – not sure whether the Winer moment was key in 2002 when he made the bet, or in 2007 when he won it!

  7. Paul Bradshaw

    Tough call. It's not a blogger doing journalism or a journalist doing blogging, but it does bring home the importance of blogs as a source… (if not as a medium) Howard Dean would probably be an equal milestone if I was to go that direction – particularly the hiring of Daily Kos man Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. I'm gonna hold back on this to see if anyone else has a take…

  8. Matthew Bennett

    As something to watch, reading Narvic the other day, he was talking about SixApart''s new Journalist Bailout programme for all of the hacks being laid off in the States. The economic crisis plus the lack of a viable news business model in many places plus the development (not premature death) of blogs might have a big impact on journalism-blogging.

  9. Bob_Stepno

    Maybe the 2002 event is that The New York Times bet newspapers would /win/ — the fact that the Times was taking that much notice of blogs and setting up RSS feeds via Userland.

  10. Bob_Stepno

    US blogs raising pro journos' consciousness of blogging in 1999 — Jim Romenesko's (now a must-read for print industry gossip, memos, layoffs etc. Around the same time Dan Gillmor's original San Jose Mercury blog showed how a print newspaper reporter could use a blog to have a conversation with readers.

  11. Paul Bradshaw

    This is another difficult one. I'm not sure how key a 'moment' these are – for the same reason I've left out the successes of Daily Kos, Boing Boing, etc. Did Gillmor have any particular successes that demonstrated the power of the medium?

  12. paulbradshaw

    Thanks Paulos72 – I didn’t know about that story and it’s a great example of computer assisted reporting/blog journalism. Not sure it’s significant in affecting blogging journalism more widely, however – I could also have included various other big scoops by blogs (Chinese pet food story and Itchmo etc. is one strong case), but they all prove the same point: blogs can do journalism.

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  16. Matt Wardman

    My four extra:

    Integration Podcasts and Enclosures with RSS
    Nosemonkey 7/7 Liveblog
    Hutton Enquiry Reporting instantly Via Website
    Imams’ Mohammed Cartoons Campaign (Cartoons already Published in Egypt without protest, forged photo of Mohammed caricatured as a pig).

    I think you also need a sample list of “seminal moments in local blog-reporting”.


  17. Kyle Christie

    Hi Paul,

    Thought you might be interested in the first line of a CNN article on Twitter, social media and the Mumbai attacks (

    ‘It was the day social media appeared to come of age and signaled itself as a news-gathering force to be reckoned with.’

    You kind of wonder where they’ve been the past few years? I would imagine the Mumbai attacks could be added to your list.
    Did a blog post on this

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  19. Mindy McAdams

    Hi, Paul. Just posted something similar, but shorter — key moments in breaking news reporting:

    One thing you’ve omitted here, but maybe rightly so, is the Virginia Tech shootings. The reports appeared more on social networking sites than blogs in that case.

    I like your list very much, but a few of the British events stand out for me in that no one in the U.S. knows anything about them. Thus there are probably some key events in other countries that you (and I) have omitted through simple ignorance.

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  21. Pramit Singh

    In India, bloggers have long been doing what the Main Stream Media have been reluctant to do: bring out the truth. The MSM – Corporate- Political complex is huge out here.

    1. In 2005, blogger Gaurav Sabnis wrote about the wrong doings of a private Business School IIPM (Google” IIPM” scandal). The traditional em dia outlets were reluctant to follow up because of the said Business School’s huge ad spends.

    2. During 2008 Bihar Floods bloggers from the State of Bihar mounted a co-ordinated effort to channelize relief efforts.

    3. Many, many times bloggers in India have brough out stories of mainstream media (newspapers) plagiarising from bloggers or other online news sources.

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  24. Andy

    Hi Paul.

    Great list. I’ve created a dipity timeline from your list and Mindy’s post on a similar subject.

    I also had a suggestion for the list which popped up whilst I was thinking about some defining moments of the Presidential election. How about a mention for Mayhill Fowler who got two big scoops via the huffington.

    and earlier

    She certainly generated some hand wringing on the trad media.

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  29. BristleKRS

    I think that the December 2008 insurrectionist events in Greece, precipitated by the shooting dead of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by police, is something in which it was citizen journalists such as Teacher Dude and activist-reporters such as those from Occupied London who were at the forefront of globalising coverage, translating local reports, and providing a focal point for breaking news which was ignored or not picked up by the mainstream media (note: the two examples given are English language sites, but are Greece-based/were in Greece at the time).

    There are many instances of bloggers and microbloggers in China reporting on things which are subject to official censorship (rural riots, urban protests etc) – I can’t think of any specific examples, but the UK-based Blood & Treasure blog follows much of it and would, no doubt, be able to supply examples.

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