What's news?

Although I try to keep this blog on-topic(s), discussing new media, wedia and our launch trevails, I let myself slip around the time we were opening our office with a post on the closing of the Gabberts Outlet Store.

Interesting that we get around ten people finding this site every day via a search for some permutation of "Gabberts Outlet Closing."  It’s our most popular search term after "Pegasus".

I haven’t seen any local media outlet cover this event. And even if they have, it’s not Google-able, so it really doesn’t matter. (Chew on that one for a minute.)

But to me, it’s news. And apparently to a lot of other people. I wouldn’t even call it long-tail news. It’s mundane commercial news, something the MSM is apparently above.

At the same time, James O’Neill at the DMN delivers a wonderfully thorough investigation of the fallout from the glitches in the "Adult Information System" at the county jail. There’s a lot of personal stories amongst the wealth of data he had to pile through. It’s the sort of report that logistically can only be completed by someone working on it full-time. In other words, it’s a story that could have been suggested by, but not likely produced by citizen journalists with day jobs.

Both items are news. Somebody should bring them together.

Mike Orren is the Chief Product Officer of The Dallas Morning News; President of Belo Business Intelligence; husband to Crystal Orren; and a Mungarian at Munger Place Church in Dallas, TX. All opinions herein are mine alone.