In "The End of News Websites" at the Online Journalism Blog, Vadim Lavrousik, former editor of the MnDaily (we worked with him publishing the Facebook-version of the MnDaily earlier in the year) writes about the value he sees in our Facebook news community work. Here's an excerpt:
The question is no longer just a hypothetical one. With increasing convergence between social media and traditional content, what is known as a traditional news website might not exist in the coming years.
Perhaps a revealing example is the creation of Facebook applications by a Seattle-based aggregator, NewsCloud, which received a grant from the Knight Foundation to study how young people receive their news through social networks.
It might not be these Facebook applications that replace news websites, but perhaps something similar. The point is: it’s all meshing together in one pot of media and it might not be far off before social media sites like Facebook become the primary publishing platform. Of course, this may take some time and some needed additions in content management for these platforms to be viable, but let’s use these Facebook applications as a starting point.
Vadim then goes on to describe the core qualities he thinks these future-oriented news sites need to succeed... read the full post.