Seattle media watchers understand the hard work that goes into West Seattle Blog. If a dog shits outside of Salty's, Tracy Record (pictured at right) and crew will have written a post detailing breed, age, and consistency all within five minutes. (Note: We know WSB writes about more important, um, crap. We're just trying to be playful here.) So is WSB just a humble homegrown success story? Or are the micro-blogging maestros something more, like a prime example of the "right kind of journalism"?
According to New York University professor and new-media sage Jay Rosen, the answer is the latter. In an interview with The Economist, Rosen puts WSB in some rarefied air:
DiA: What are some examples of newspapers, magazines or news shows that are practicing the right kind of journalism, in your opinion?
Mr. Rosen: Particularly good at what they do: Advertising Age. Gawker. Wired. Voice of San Diego. The New Yorker. The Economist. (Disclosure: You're The Economist!) Rachel Maddow. Frontline. The New York Times. West Seattle Blog. Texas Tribune (Disclosure: I'm an advisor there). "To the Point" with Warren Olney. The Atlantic. "This American Life". The Guardian. Jon Stewart. There are probably some regional newspapers doing a great job that I simply don't read, but fewer than before.