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The internet has changed many of the existing paradigms of journalism as newspapers and magazines have cut staff and expanded their online content.  Before the internet, breaking a story meant publishing the next morning.  Now being the first to report a story is separated by hours and minutes.  As the demand for immediate news rises, it begs the question whether this will hurt sound journalistic practices?

To begin, and more importantly to not confuse ourselves, the majority of journalism is sound and will likely remain so.  Small and regional community newspapers don't fit into this discussion and local beats at major newspapers are usually innocent as well.  But when 20 different news organizations are scrambling after the same story, with the immediacy of technology, problems begin to arise.

For example, the way the Tiger Woods scandal has played out over the past two weeks is indicative of the future of journalism.  In the nascent stages of the story, the internet largely became a dart board of wild theories and stories.  Instead of the Washington Post , New York Times , or ESPN bre...

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