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View Diary: Babington wrote piece before Obama's speech was finished (313 comments)

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  •  Do you know whether... (1+ / 0-)
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    this was a regular practice before the internet?

    Or has this practice developed as the result of increased competition to be the first to break/post a story brought about by the internet?

    •  no idea if it was standard practice before (2+ / 0-)
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      Trix, GreyHawk

      the internet.

      Newsflash to bloggers: A black president by itself is A LOT of CHANGE for A LOT of Americans.

      by Newsie8200 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 08:58:01 PM PDT

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      •  I think it was. (3+ / 0-)
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        I vaguely remember reading about it and seeing it on teh tee-vee thingy...advance copies were provided so that folks could prepare their remarks, but the final version was always a little different to keep 'em honest -- ensuring "due diligence" (a lost art in today's trad-med.)

        Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
          Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
        Tempest even in reason's seat.

        by GreyHawk on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 09:11:11 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, it was. Local papers do it, too. (1+ / 0-)
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      I used to do it for Town Council and School Board meetings.
      You know a certain big issue is coming up. You've covered it a ton before, so you know the background and you start filling in your story with background.
      You head off to the meeting, which might start at 7 or even later.
      Back in the day (as my husband would say) we didn't have laptops. In fact as I was reporting, we first starting using this pitiful prehistoric laptop made by Radio Shack, which we called the Trash 100 (really the T100) because they were so bad.
      Completely innovative at its time, but so bad in terms of memory and speech and screen space. You had like 7 lines of text displayed. That was it.
      Anyway, you go to the meeting, take notes, try to type in a bit if you can without missing stuff, and at some point, you probably have to go back to the office and finish your story or stay there and take a chance on the Trash 100 actually transmitting it by modem. Many nights, you stayed there and wrote and ended up dictating from the T100 by phone to your editor, because it just wouldn't transmit. Some of your coding was wrong or the phone lines had a lot of noise.

      But anyway, stories sometimes happen late, and newspapers have deadlines. You get what you can as quickly as you can and if you're AP or someone else, you keep fleshing out the story and sending out more detailed versions throughout the night.      

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