Print Media and Television now have a new source for news. Best of all (for them), it's free.
Bloggers, some pretty knowledgeable, and others with 'just great video', have made their way into the mainstream media. This time, it looks like it's going to stay that way.
After about a year of 'mass media' asking us to 'send in those photos, stories and videos', most major TV and print media companies are now embracing bloggers ... very carefully.
BlogBurst is delivering articles to Reuters, Fox Business, IBS and others. The NY Times has truly embraced the blog arena with Blogrunner and the 'annotated NY Times', and CNN added an entirely new show this week comprised of 'citizen video'.
In the past month, Newsweek, USA Today and others announced cutbacks of content and / or staff. Others will follow. Their target audience has been invaded by laptops ... and they know it.
CNN's new show showed promise with it's weekend preview on Headline News (other than the really annoying host?). They're also giving some new life to Second Life, along with CSI.
The long-term ramifications of this convergence still remains unclear. No doubt there were a few great journalists and photo journalists that never made their mark on the larger audience. Will they now? At the very least, it will be historic and fun to watch and maybe we may even learn something along the way....