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Slow news is good news

We’ve talked about slow (vs fast) food, and earlier today I heard about the new slow money movement. Now I’m hearing the best case for friction yet – slow news, which is about reporting the news after you’ve checked it out, not before. Internet immediacy was a rush for the longest time, and journalists have felt increasingly compelled to report first, ask questions later. Recent symptoms: misreporting of various facts around the Fort Hood shootings last week. My friend Ethan Zuckerman coined the “slow news” phrase, reported by another friend, Dan Gillmor. Dan’s talking about a slow news movement, where journalists reclaim accuracy and leave news that is both breaking and broken to bloggers as first responders. Wish I’d heard this before I spoke at the National College Media Conference a couple of weeks ago. I could’ve said “slow news is the new black.”

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