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posted by Dopefish on Tuesday February 18 2014, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the freedom-is-not-free dept.

combatserver writes:

"While The Guardian and The New York Times reported on the NSA targeting of data leaked by popular mobile apps, independent sources produced highly-detailed articles--accompanied by source material--that paint a much broader picture of NSA capabilities and intent. Recent restrictions imposed on journalists--a result of corporate influence, editorial decisions, and threats against journalists--combined with the ease of establishing a website, might be driving a new era in journalism.

The Intercept recently announced a shift towards independent reporting with the creation of their own news outlet, free of the constraints imposed on journalists by 'Big Media' and governments. Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have joined forces to provide the world with an alternative, perhaps blazing a path towards a fundamental change in how news is reported and distributed. SoylentNews can play a significant role in this shift towards journalistic freedom--we share many common core-ideals, and can give voice to independent news sources.

The Big Question: How will 'Big Media' and governments react to this shift in journalism?"

 
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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by FatPhil on Tuesday February 18 2014, @01:27PM

    by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Tuesday February 18 2014, @01:27PM (#1583) Homepage

    OT: but beware newlywed syndrome. We don't want everyone going "wow, I'm so happy!" for 2 weeks, posting way more than ever, and then getting bored and tired after the honeymoon period. We need staying power.

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  • (Score: 1) by martyb on Tuesday February 18 2014, @01:39PM

    by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 18 2014, @01:39PM (#1591) Journal

    OT: but beware newlywed syndrome. We don't want everyone going "wow, I'm so happy!" for 2 weeks, posting way more than ever, and then getting bored and tired after the honeymoon period. We need staying power.

    Excellent observation; point well taken. Thanks for the feedback!

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Thexalon on Tuesday February 18 2014, @03:48PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @03:48PM (#1661)

    I'm not too concerned about that: As long as everyone's having fun commenting, that creates site content, which creates more users, which creates the momentum to have staying power. Plus I've always wanted a 3-digit UID.

    Some of the milestones that might be worth watching include:
    - Stories per day
    - Comment count of stories on front page

    If we get to the point where either or both of these numbers exceed that Other News for Nerds, I'll consider our revolt at least viable.

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    • (Score: 1) by hemocyanin on Tuesday February 18 2014, @04:26PM

      by hemocyanin (186) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @04:26PM (#1682) Journal

      Me too, but it will take a decade before it is ubercool.

  • (Score: 1) by gottabeme on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:46PM

    by gottabeme (1531) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:46PM (#1896)

    I agree. I think perhaps the most important thing we can do is to find good stories and submit them with good summaries.