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New York Times’ The Lede Demonstrates New Media’s Power

The Lede, The New York Times news blog, via its Iran protest coverage, demonstrates the extreme power of new media forms working in conjunction with traditional media. The main traditional stories are the anchors, and the Lede is the minute-by-minute conversation with an interactive audience.

I love sections like this one:

Update | 11:12 a.m. A reader points out that Iran’s Press TV reports that Thursday’s rally was attended by “hundreds of thousands” of opposition supporters:

Supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi have organized rallies across Iran to mourn those killed in recent post-election violence.

Get that “A reader points out…” Is it journalism? Yes, half baked, but that sounds pejorative. Instead think of it as the raw materials that make for a truly robust, finished journalism. It is the perfect example of using the amateurs and pros to make a more perfect form of journalism.

It is really glorious to watch this materialize after watching the earlier confrontations about the pro-am argument fade into the distance.

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