Jun 1, 2011

Do "news" and "analysis" need couple's therapy?

Are news and analysis a boring couple who would do much better if they went their separate ways? Jonathan Glick makes the argument in today's Business Insider. I agree with the premise that analysis will remain valuable - and possibly gain value - as more breaking news consumption is done in bite-size, mobile chunks. And I agree with the premise that breaking news will increasingly be consumed in bite-size, mobile chunks.

But Glick's argument relies on a theory that news and analysis are distinct entities that can exist separately, even happily so. They can't. News and analysis are different expressions of the same newsroom-consumer relationship. Breaking news is the flirtation and analysis is commitment. Newsrooms need to do both well if they want to keep the fire burning.

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