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Stronger Social Network Gets the Meteorite Scoop: How a Hockey Blog Beat the Associated Press by 90 minutes

Friday evening I was eager to show my family videos of the Russian meteorite strike.  We gathered around the computer, and I pulled up the link a friend had posted on Facebook:

http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2013/02/14/what-is-happening-in-chelyabinsk/

My sports-fan husband laughed.  “You’re on ‘Russian machine never breaks’! It’s a hockey fan site!”  “I am?” I replied.  This morning NPR posted an interview with bloggers at the Washington Capitols fan site.  Evidently they reported the meteorite story 90 minutes before the Associated Press!

http://www.npr.org/2013/02/17/172235263/how-a-hockey-blog-got-the-scoop-on-the-russias-meteor

Of course this is just a random occurrence.  But it’s also emblematic of broader changes in journalism.  Hockey fans have some pretty good contacts in Russia!  With Internet-based reporting about news stories, the quality of your social network is key.  Will small special-interest bloggers break more major international news stories?  I’m guessing the answer is yes, and eventually this will not even seem strange.

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