More change afoot in the media world

Wanted to follow up my previous post on the evolution of the media landscape with another batch of stories in that same vein.

First, the Chicago Tribune has added 13 new communities to its TribLocal site, which lets people in those communities post news, photos and events. The only thing I think they can be doing better in this venture would be to let the people add communities at will, extending the reach of the site indefinitely instead of putting themselves in the position of allowing areas to be involved.

Second, John Frost at the Disney Blog says that the crew from the Orlando Sentinel live-Twittered the opening of a new attraction at Universal Studios Orlando. This might not bring down Twitter like all the live coverage of MacWorld did, but it is great to see a mainstream pub embracing insta-micro-publishing like this.

Next is a piece from Marc Glaser on how mainstream media outlets are slowly beginning to embrace their place in the conversation and allowing for more reader participation on their sites. The internal debate, he notes, is now not about whether things like comments should be allowed, but to what extent they need to be moderated. I stick to my contention that moderation is not an absolute evil as long as the policies regarding said moderation are clearly spelled out for everyone to see.

Lastly, the magazine industry has gotten some advice to start thinking of itself as a multi-platform content provider and not view the Internet simply as a way to bring in print subscriptions.

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