Couple of days late to this, but I’ve begun checking out the investigative reporting site ProPublica. First impressions: Some nice news, good links, but the format bothers me. I’m not sure a blog platform is the best way to present this information. Presumably, the site will be publishing some big investigative pieces, but because this is set up as a blog, those won’t get the weight they deserve.
This is a limitation of the blog format in general. While I mostly very much like the idea of presenting information chronologically, sometimes having the ability to promote bigger stories is essential. A platform that gives the same weight to a big investigative piece and a links roundup isn’t the best solution.
Still, I’m sure this is but version 1.0, and I’ll be interested to see where this goes.