Monday, August 17, 2009

MSNBC buys EveryBlock

Today is a day a lot of news orgs and j-schools need to pay attention to.

MSNBC has bought EveryBlock, the hyperlocal news/data site started by Adrian Holovaty and initially funded by Knight.

Too many news orgs still don't get it when it comes to this kind of geo-local data (yet it is the foundation on which most mobile opportunities for newsrooms will exist). And j-schools are generally even further behind because of curriculum, funding and expertise constraints.

MSNBC's acquisition may be the thing that finally stops the "is it journalism" debate.

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