Sunday, September 25, 2005

Tracking Rita: Interactive

Wired News: "As Hurricane Rita approached, editors at the Houston Chronicle decided to experiment: They hand-picked about a dozen web diarists and asked them to post regular dispatches on the newspaper's online blog -- all without any editorial intervention.
'One of the benefits to blogs is that they tend to be more personal, they tend to provide more the emotional feel of an event,' said Dwight Silverman, the Chronicle's interactive journalism editor. 'In traditional reporting you put on your poker face and do your writing.... It's not supposed to be the writer's emotions.' "

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