The big bugbear of this site is the current state of online journalism. Lest I give the impression all is lost, I thought I’d point you to some excellent examples.
“Fighting to Live as the Towers Died”—the much-discussed piece in The New York Times recreating the experience of those caught in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001—is a stunning example of investigative journalism. In its online version, the piece is made even stronger with the addition of:
- a chronology of events,
- an interactive detailing what happened within the towers,
- original transcripts from the North and South Towers,
- and a forum
This is exactly the kind of thing I was thinking of when Clyde Bently made his “photojournalism” remark.
The CBC is also continuing its experimentation with online journalism by experimenting with blog-like postings from people living through the actual news stories. The Viewpoint Diaries currently features an Israeli doctor as well as a Palestinian journalist. Lisa Khoo, CBC News Online producer, wrote to online-news: “When it works they are fascinating..[. T]hey put a human face on the story.“
The site is also reusing content from its The Way We Work series, so when, for example doing a story about the softwood lumber industry, they include the column by the laid-off logger.
Also included are links to the forum that doubles as a means to continue the discussion and as a place where future “columnists” can be discovered.
Also from the CBC.ca site: why Canadians (and Brits) put an “f” in lieutenant.