In the old days, people would wake up and read the morning paper. There was no overnight cable news TV channel, so that morning paper was the vehicle for breaking most news that people encountered.
Now, the newspaper has shifted its focus to supplying depth and background; or to researching long-term stories that don’t necessarily have a stunning visual (such as a fire or crash or somebody covering the camera’s lens with his hand).
In order to compete, online and TV news works hard to stay ahead of the game. CNN and The Washington Post already have designed web pages devoted to the deaths of high-profile figures, ready to go live as soon as a reporter learns the cause of death. (See The Smoking Gun for details.)
Start by logging onto a chat room being developed by SHU programmer Benn Linger.
- Visit “Benn’s Testing Room,” and start off by making a comment about the relationship between being the first to break a story, and being accurate.
- Then, read this article and comment about it in the chat room.
- After a few minutes, I will show a brief video; while it is running, please use the chat room to share your thoughts about the video.