Tagging the News

Jeff Jarvis started an interesting discussion on how to categorize and tag news. Some of the comments he received are interesting:

“…tags are crap. I tried to get analysts to do it, and it didn’t work (good luck with reporters). The reasons are that “your taxonomy isn’t my taxonomy” and it requires a discipline that most people don’t naturally have.”

And a link to the original post that Jeff cites: David Weinberger’s Future of News. Among the gems in this piece:

“Already, he says, journalism is becoming a matter of filling in forms and then letting computers build the story.”

And…

“Rabble says that more journalists work as PR people than journalists.”