Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Whoa: New National Post Editorial Blog

Across the Board, which was officially launched today, has the potential to be one of the more interesting blogs out there. Each member of the National Post ed board -- Jonathan Kay, Natasha Hassan, Adam Radwanski, John Turley-Ewart, Adam Daifallah, Marni Soupcoff, Lorne Gunter and John Geiger (two of whom have personal blogs already) -- posts her or his views on the news of the day as the news of the day unfolds...

Whether you agree with any of these people or not, Across the Board provides an interesting look into how editorial consensus is formed at a major newspaper. This is something very few people get to observe first-hand.

This is the first newspaper in Canada to have a blog like this. Apparently, the Posties got the idea from The Dallas Morning News' editorial blog. I, for one, would be fascinated to see how the ed board at The Toronto Star or The Globe and Mail or The New York Times or the Guardian or The New York Post or any number of newspapers form their editorial opinions.

This is one of those moments where you can see how, if journalists truly embrace new communications technology like blogs, the way we think of journalism could be radically altered. Transparency! Accessibility! Blogutopia!

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