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:
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!
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.