Ears pressed to the rail, divining speed and distance from minute vibrations, the gifted prognosticators in this business have for years warned of its coming. “And it’s very, very big,” they told us.
For years the prophets have been dismissed or ignored by some, but now smoke wafts up from around the bend and the whistle shrieks its echo off of canyon walls.
It’s as plain as day to everyone that something is coming down the line.
Anticipating this fast-approaching new reality is difficult, as no one has yet spied its dimensions in full—it remains at best a guess about what is going to roll full into view.
Still, anticipate we must, and to this end 90.9 is doing some intelligence-gathering in the form of getting out to—or inviting in—those laying the tracks of a this new reality.
A couple of us in the new media department have sallied forth to events where we rubbed elbows with the ubiquitous Steve Garfield and other new media practitioners. Beantown media blogger Dan Kennedy spoke with Radio Boston, as has Peter Kenney, who is busy pricking his share of balloons down on the Cape. And I would be remiss if I failed to mention the blogging machine known as Adam Gaffin, interviewed on WBUR’s Morning Edition.
What other blog worthies should we meet and/or pay close attention to? Who is out on the front lines of the new hyperlocal journalism? Who or what is busy creating the new realities? What groups, associations, Tweet-ups or meet-ups should WBUR attend? What other examples are especially relevant to broadcasters like WBUR with a strong public service mission?
We want to listen and learn. Please tell us from whom.