The Anti-Journalist

The Washington Post profiles someone who submits stories to social news sites. These online hunters “neither reports nor writes the news, but he submits stories he finds interesting.”

“This is a new field, in some ways, a new talent pool,” said Jason Calacanis, general manager at Netscape, a division of AOL. “They have a different skill set analogous to other jobs out there but perhaps most analogous to ‘cool hunting.’ “

It is fascinating the way one “cool hunter” describes “breaking” a story that was posted on the New York Times site. How can you break a story that was posted on the website of one of the most prominent newspapers in the country?

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