And a third experiment: BeatBlogging.org (www.beatblogging.org). Here, 13 beat reporters, from 13 news organizations, are adding social media — from blogs to Facebook pages to Twitter (http://twitter.com/) — to their repertoire of reporting tools to maximize coverage of their diverse beats. For the best look at how it’s going, read the analysis section: http://www.beatblogging.org/blog/analysis/index.html
This is the most academic experiment in the bunch I’m studying. It’s actually one of many experiments by NewAssignment.net (http://www.newassignment.net/) The latter was started by Jay Rosen, an associate professor at New York University’s J-school and author of the PressThink blog (http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/).
Speaking of things to watch, Rosen’s blog is worth adding to your favorite feeds.