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How Katrina humbled the American news machine

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New Orleans' biggest media outlets were forced to flee to the internet, where they did incredible jobs reporting this overwhelming story to anyone online anywhere. Traffic to the Times-Picayune's sister site, (which I launched and until recently oversaw as president of its corporate parent), multiplied fivefold. The paper's publisher, Ashton Phelps, called the internet a lifeline. Editor Jim Amoss called the blogs they used to publish news 'absolutely essential'. Trust me: before Katrina, this is not how American newspaper editors talked about the web and weblogs. But after Katrina, they will. JARVIS

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