Real Time Political Reporting

The surprise announcement of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the Republican VP candidate highlights the relevancy of different media in reporting breaking news:

1. Twitter breaks the news

2. Concurrently, TV news – MSNBC, CNN, CNBC – gathers initial pundit reactions that generally mirror the Twitter feeds. The online business news sites also report the news, but don’t seem to have real time access to pundits for commentary

3. Finally, about one hour later after the news breaks, the Anchorage Daily News (and by extension, other newspaper websites) provide a snippet announcement with no editorial, interpretation or commentary

4. Penultimately, newsprint publication 24 hours later with the morning paper. Simply put, stale news makes newsprint irrelevant from a knowledge management standpoint.

5. News weeklies – Time, Newsweek, The Economist, even People – distill the reactions and interpret the breaking news. Some do it better than others.

About Pat Kitano

Patrick Kitano works with brands in developing hyperlocal engagement solutions and is administrator of the Breaking News Network, a national hyperlocal network devoted to community service. He is the author of The Local Network on Street Fight, and is reachable via Twitter @pkitano and email pkitano@gmail.com.

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