I’ll admit that I was initially dismayed to read that Editor & Publisher would be “blogging the vote in Nevada and South Carolina.” I wondered what could they add to the coverage of the Nevada caucuses and the South Carolina GOP primary. And it’s a fair question that newsrooms should always ask themselves, “What can we provide that won’t come from the wire services or the 24-hour news networks”?
E&P’s approach appears to be a mixture of aggregating online coverage and original writing from Editor Greg Mitchell. Although as of 1:14 p.m. EST it’s sounding like Nevada is already over, Mitchell appears ready to update throughout the remainder of the day. So if you find yourself online today, add their coverage to your mix and see what you think.
Is this something that you think E&P should be doing? What traffic do you think it will drive? How are you approaching the day at your newspaper or website?