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MSNBC.com Acquires Newsvine

Nick Finck

October 7, 2007 at 4:19 PM

So just last night I was sitting at a bar with Mike Davidson of Newsvine and a bunch of crew from MSNBC.com including Digital Web Magazine’s own talented Production Manager, Tiff Fehr. Unbeknownst to me but a deal was being made (the news was under embargo so go figure). Today the news went public, MSNBC.com Acquires Newsvine. You can read all about it on NewsVine and I am sure everyone and their mother’s dog is going to be blogging this one. So, lets take a moment and step outside of the deal itself. What does this mean to the news media industry as a whole and how will inpact the way we think of news? In short, dramatic change of pace.

For those who never have used Newsvine the short skinny is that it provides both community contributed news as well as wire news, rates it, and the good ripe stuff comes to the surface. This all good and the way news should have always been, brought to you according to what people believe is important.. people in your community. I know that others such as Dan Gillmore have explored and put great effort into the idea of citizen media. Today’s acquisition is the first is what I believe will be a long line of events surrounding the news media world in it’s transition to where we are today, to being truly news by the people for the people.

That said, congratulations to Mike Davidson and the entire Newsvine team. Also big congrats to MSNBC.com for making the first big step in the right direction.

Comments

Michael Long

October 7, 2007 at 5:51 PM

“... to being truly news by the people for the people.”

Somehow, I’m not sure that a service being bought up and control by a major media organization is going to be contributing greatly to that philosophy.

Nick Finck

October 7, 2007 at 10:02 PM

Michael: ye of little faith. I can’t imagine MSNBC would buy a service like facebook only to converted it back over to filtered news. Just look at how Getty bought iStockPhoto and didn’t convert it over to be more like Getty. Changing a community driven site to a filtered editorial driveb site would be a very poor business decision.

Tony

October 8, 2007 at 1:01 PM

Unbeknownst?

Walker Hamilton

October 8, 2007 at 1:59 PM

Werd!

...I mean…“word”

Craig Saila

October 8, 2007 at 2:57 PM

When I heard the news, I couldn’t help but wonder whether the deal was a topic of discussion Friday — nevertheless, it was quite the coincidence.

(Next time I’ll take the bus!)

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