Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obama's Online Town Hall + Online Coverage of Media Issues

There's been a lot of buzz recently about some issues we've discussed in class.

HuffPost has a "big news page" that covers the media, but several stories (more than usual) have made the front page as well:

-->Early this morning the top headline was "Goodbye Press Corps, Hello Internet Corps." HuffPost ripped a piece from the AP on Obama's online chat on the economy today. Obama's town hall received almost 100,000 questions (and 3.5 million votes for which questions should be asked) from citizens across the country.

Morley Winograd, a former adviser to Vice President Al Gore who now runs the Institute for Communication Technology Management at the University of Southern California noted that:

In the new world of online media, formal press conferences are just one element or program to get the message out -- to those, usually older, who watch such things on TV. The online version he is doing is an alternative way to get out the same message, in this case on the budget, targeted toward a different audience, usually younger.

This online event could become an important new component of presidential communication strategy. Maybe Iyengar & McGrady will have to add this to their next edition!

-->Yesterday, HuffPost had a couple interesting links on the front page as well:

Today's debate in Politico's The Arena, an online discussion board for invited contributors, is on whether the decline of the newspaper will hurt our democracy.

There is also a twitter dedicated to providing facts and gossip on struggling media outlets. Thought you all might be interested in checking it out: see themediaisdying.

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