NBCNews, il braccio digitale di NBC, ha chiuso EveryBlock, la creatura digitale di Adrian Holovaty che solo due anni fa sembrava potesse essere la nuova frontiera del giornalismo, unendo l'uso di raccolte pubbliche di dati, gli algoritmi, la mancanza di curation redazionale e l'attenzione all'ambito iperlocale. Ecco una lunga citazione dell'articolo di di Brian Stelter (Media Decoder) che fa il punto sulla situazione:
“The premise of EveryBlock was to offer you a custom site devoted to news in your neighborhood,” wrote Adrian Holovaty, the site’s founder, in a blog post on Thursday. “We showed you nearby public records (crimes, building permits, restaurant inspections), pointed you to automatically indexed articles (newspapers, blogs, forums) and provided a sort of ‘geo-forum’ that let you talk with people who lived near you.The site was one of the first to collect big sets of data from local governments and make the information accessible to citizens, something now known as the open-data movement. But the Web site’s losses were considerable, and NBC evidently saw no way to change that. Ms. Schiller said in a memorandum to NBC News Digital staff members that “we didn’t see a strategic fit for EveryBlock within the portfolio.” That portfolio includes NBCNews.com (formerly known as MSNBC.com), Today.com, The Grio, and BreakingNews.com. In the spring, restart MSNBC.com will restart as a stand-alone Web site for the MSNBC cable channel.
Sic transit gloria mundi.
Media Decoder (New York Times)