Weblogs, Reporting and the London Bombs

Whilst Little Storping is in the home counties, in reality I’m a little further away from London. But yesterday everyone’s attention was on the capital, and I found myself relying on news feeds (not having access to radio or television) as weblogs reacted almost instantly to the attacks. The business of reporting such events has clearly changed: with the aid of digital camera phones people via the internet can respond in a way that the press can’t: pictures and eyewitness accounts now make their way directly online. The speed, scope and immediacy of this is something even the broadcast media cannot match.

Update: OnlineBlog has picked up a report on this in the Wall Street Journal.

Update: “Weblogs Prove Their Worth” in the Guardian.

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