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Digital Danvers

Both the Globe and the Herald have done a great job today covering the aftermath of the Danvers explosion. The Globe is ahead in terms of quantity, but the quality of both is outstanding. The Herald has the first interview with the plant owner, a significant scoop. Each paper’s Web site features staff coverage, slide shows and contributions from readers.

One interesting aspect to this is that, on the Internet, everyone can compete. So even though I’m accustomed to thinking of the Herald-versus-Globe dynamic, in fact, Channels 4, 5, 7 and 25, NECN and WBZ Radio all have extensive online coverage, too. Locally, the daily Salem News has posted a story, while the weekly Danvers Herald features coverage from the Boston Herald.

On the Web, a newspaper can be a TV station and a TV station can be a newspaper. Which means that the competitive environment on a breaking story like this is fiercer than ever.

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4 Comments

  1. mike_b1

    Fiercer than when there were seven or more daily papers covering Boston?

  2. mike_b1

    It should be noted, with some irony, that while the Herald was doing such a, ahem, bang-up job covering the Danvers explosion, the edit page managed to misspell former owner Rupert Murdoch’s name.Oops.

  3. Anonymous

    Yeah, Mike, many of us are irritated by those who type without proofreading…

  4. mike_b1

    Hehe, nice one, except I don’t have seven editors or proofreaders reviewing my posts. Rupe’s not going to be pleased; someone’s going to get it when he buys back the paper next year.

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