Mark Glaser has a column up at the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review, titled To Their Surprise, Bloggers Are Force for Change in Big Media.
Among others, the piece mentions an obscure blogger named Patterico, who gave the Los Angeles Times a tip about Justice Ginsburg that resulted in a front-page story.
(Teaser: if you read the whole thing, you just might learn the secret identity of the mysterious Patterico.)
All in all, I think it’s a pretty good piece about how the blogosphere is beginning to have an effect on Big Media.
P.S. Glaser is entirely correct that I contacted the Times simply as an interested reader and not as a “blogger.” While it’s nice to know that blogging provides a platform for disseminating a story that Big Media might choose to ignore, in my case the Times was (in my view) simply following up on a tip from a reader. In that sense, the “blogging” angle of my situation is arguably less relevant than that of the other examples provided by Glaser. I don’t think this undermines the fundamental premise of Glaser’s piece, but I thought that it was worth noting, in fairness to the folks at the Times.