The news we get is influenced by the people and organizations that bring it to us. One of the great things about blogs is that we can pick our news sources at a more granular level. When I configure NetNewsWire, I’m building my daily newspaper. These are the people who tell me about what’s happening.
What if you could choose the people who covered the White House, Technology News, or your favorite Sports Team? I remember growing up on David Brinkley and Chet Huntly and the NBC teams covering political conventions, space shots, and everyday life. My grandparents depended on Cronkite and CBS. We couldn’t pick and choose reporters on an individual basis so we had to settle on the network their assembled staff (Ellerby, Utrick,…) as a whole.
It’s a little different now in these days of remote controls. We can flip back and forth to catch a story or reporter we’re watching for on another network. When I was a kid, I was the family remote control (Daniel, flip over to channel 3). Fortunately, my parents were pretty locked in to one network. It was a big deal when they switched over to PBS and McNeil/Lehrer.
I don’t watch much TV news. I just don’t like it very much. Until recently I got all of my national news by listening each day to NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Now I subscribe to them on Audible and flip past stories I don’t care about.
Blogging and news aggregators allow me to assemble my own daily newspaper with my favorite reporters and commentators. I have them divided up into categories that look much like the sections in a newspaper: World News, Technology, … and I have a category called “The Guys” that would be on my own blogroll if I had one.
Let’s organize our own convention coverage. The next conference I’m attending is JavaOne. Suppose you could assemble a team of bloggers to cover JavaOne. Who
would you choose?
Who would be on your JavaOne coverage dream team?