“I want my news and I want it in my eyes now!” is a riff on something my very young daughter said when sitting at a restaurant, being told by her grandmother her tuna fish sandwich was coming. No doubt, for the 4th time.
When I was a kid, radio was the only place to get news in real time and it required having a reported on site – so it wasn’t really real time. Thanks to Twitter and video and camera phones, the news today is available in real time. And though it may not always be well-packaged, presented or analyzed, it’s available as it happens. The news biz is a changing thanks to the web and technolo-yee. It is always on. And way exciting.
Howard Kurtz is a well respected political news reporter based in Washington DC. He’s the shizz. When interesting things happen, he finds them. Or they find him. Mr. Kurtz is leaving The Washington Post for The Daily Beast online. Why? You’d have to ask him, but my take is for freedom, excitement, a little bit of sexy, and the unknown that is real time reporting. His business card certainly won’t have the cachet it once did, but history is his to make…and report.
The Daily Beast, and its probable new partner Newsweek, are growing up and growing down respectively. If the two merge is should be exciting to see the morph. Were I Tina Brown (the Beast’s co-founder), the person expected to helm the combined enterprise, I’d lose the entertainment, the food and other ancillary things and go news and politics. It’s a herd of cats that can be better managed. And a beast it will be. Peace!