I saw a few references to that effect as I surfed thru various blogs and websites regarding Lara Setrakian, a broadcast journalist being hailed someone who “reinvents digital journalism.”

So, I looked into her informative site (You can too) but I’m not sure exactly what part of digital journalism she is re-inventing.

This might be it [from] :::

“Although it’s still in beta, the 50% return rate for visitors to the site proves to Setrakian that her mashup of niche journalism and boots-on-the-ground access is a potent mix, and the most heavily-visited area of the site is called the Syria Files, a central section featuring basic introductory information on the region, the crisis, and the players. “It’s pretty amazing,” Setrakian says. “I came from a world where I would sit there and argue, ‘Can we please do a backgrounder on Hezbollah?’ Where is there room in a 22-minute broadcast for a backgrounder on Hezbollah? It only makes sense that people are thirsty for knowledge. We just accept that we live in a not very well-informed society. We don’t have to, you know? If people came to our site and understood who is who in the Syria crisis, what they watch on the evening news is gonna be a lot more interesting. This is more of a plug-in than a disruption.”

Er… Ok – No disrespect intended… But…I wouldn’t call that “re-inventing digital journalism” – I’ve seen sites and blogs styled that way in the past. Heck, I once did something similar myself! The more proper term, I think, would be “information clearinghouse.” A single-stop URL that delves into a particular topic.  Oh well, makes good headlines and probably garners a few “hits” on the ol’ fastcoexist website…

Now let me go back and keep watch for someone who really can claim to be “re-inventing digital journalism”…

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