The Allure of the Web

Reilly, Adam
March 2004
Nieman Reports;Spring2004, Vol. 58 Issue 1, p27
This article presents a narrative from a political reporter regarding his reliance on political Web sites and Web blogs. The primary races have become a major focus of the author's reporting. For the author, visiting political Web sites served a valuable purpose. However, it has also its disadvantages. Put simply, the proliferation of Internet-only news sites and magazine Web sites and blogs, has started to feel oppressive. Whenever he thought he could manage to assemble a comprehensive list of must-read Internet sites, he always found a new site to explore. Soon, what has been envisioned as background reading was consuming valuable reporting time. As the number of Web sites he visited daily increased, he also found that he was processing their content less and less effectively. Sites like The Note presented particular challenges. One is the odds that The Note had at some point, featured summarized political stories in the U.S. This can create problems on a few levels. On one hand, there seems an implicit pressure to move in the same direction. After six months as a political reporter, the Web experiences of the author had led him to identify two goals. First, he need to become a discriminating consumer of Web-based political news. Second, the knowledge acquired by the author from the Internet are being used to watch candidates in action, to communicate with supporters and undecided voters, and mingle with as many political consultants and analysts and campaign workers.


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