guardian launches huffingtonesque group blog 03.15.2006, 7:57 PM
posted by ben vershbow
Living up to its reputation as the most innovative newspaper on the web, the Guardian yesterday launched an ambitious group blogging experiment - comment is free - that brings together a broad range of public intellectual types in a daily deluge of commentary and debate. Better designed than its acknowledged model, The Huffington Post, "comment is free" consists of three columns: new posts on the left, editors' picks in the center, and links to the Guardian's formal opinion pages on the right.
There are a few other tidbits: a political cartoon at the bottom of the page and a photo blog. Also this small nod toward the paper's heritage, tucked beneath the cartoon, reminding us that comment may be free...
That's CP Scott, The Guardian's founder and editor for its first 57 years (it should read 1821) editor of The Guardian for 57 years beginning in 1872. This ties again to Jay Rosen's post on newspapers as "seeders of clouds."
mporter on March 16, 2006 7:10 AM:
FYI The date 1921 is correct. The Manchester Guardian was founded in 1821 by a group of non-conformist businessmen headed by John Edward Taylor, who was also the first editor. C P Scott became editor in 1872, and wrote those words for publication on the paper's 100th birthday
ben vershbow on March 16, 2006 7:25 AM:
Aha! Right you are. I've corrected it above. Serves me right for reading over the history too quickly. Perils of blogging...
Jack Yan on March 17, 2006 5:42 AM:
I am just glad to see the use of Schwartz's Guardian typeface on one of its sites. Prior to this one there had been quite a lot of disparity with the redesigned newspaper and the web site, minimizing the strength of the brand.