Jay Rosen and Dave Winer riffing on BlogTalkRadio on the subject of what they call ‘rebooted news’… They capture some of the delicious torture that the disaggregating effects of the web on news values, particularly through the process of ‘Going Direct’… So what’s the answer? Attach to your readers, not (just) your sources:
If you don’t have a hidden policy, the press can’t be the savvy insiders with knowledge of that policy. When attachment to heavyweight sources doesn’t win you anything all that great, where are you going to attach? To the users and their needs! This is how we break the cycle.