More examples of blogs “scooping” The Union — this time on plans to outsource management of the county library, one of the biggest local issues in our community:
1. This past Saturday: “Friends propose taking over Doris Foley Library” and “Friends to poll citizens for special tax for libraries.”
Three days later in The Union, on the front page: “Friends want to take over Foley library.”
2. Oct. 23: “$1,000 for our libraries: One truffle at a time”
More than three weeks later in The Union: “Truffles no triffle for troubled libraries.”
3. I even notice that Madelyn Helling (whom the library is named after) came to The Union’s offices last week, judging by the editor/publisher’s latest column, to discuss the issue. But the “Friends of the Library” stories still didn’t get into the paper until now. County supervisors are expected to make a decision soon on the outsourcing.
This is more proof that bloggers are continuing to reshape the media in communities such as ours and elsewhere. A favorite California political blog — Calbuzz — written by my former colleague at The Chronicle, Jerry Roberts, and a former Mercury News political reporter is here.