Over at PressThink, Paul Bass, editor of the New Haven Independent site, writes:
If my experience is any guide, there are also pitfalls that point up the challenges that face the first wave of onliners as we develop the new journalism. I’ve found that some experiments that sound cool fall flat, while others take off. The readers have definitely become part of the process. Trained journalists still play a crucial but altered role. We’re more fact-gatherers, linkers, fact-checkers, conveners and referees than pundits or editorialists telling people what to think.
Anyone thinking about starting something like this should read Bass’ piece. It’s that essential.