The aggregators of today will be the original reporters of tomorrow — it's how disruption happens.
This past weekend, I was out with a friend who happens to be a former editor at Time. We were analyzing the current state of the news media in light of recent developments, including The Huffington Post’s plans to launch a 24-hour live web TV network and Buzzfeed’s aggressive push into politics. These organizations — often lambasted for aggregating other’s content while producing little of their own — are repositioning themselves with new strategies, with more room for distinctive, often original content.
My friend argued this was nothing new. Henry Luce’s Time started as a full-fledged aggregator almost 89 years ago....
[Great read - JD]