All the Wikileaks Coverage You Can Handle

Like just about every media outlet on the planet, the folks at mediabistro.com have been cracking down hard on today’s enormous story: Wikileaks’ provision of more than 90,000 secret U.S. military documents relating to the war in Afghanistan to The New York Times and two European newspapers. Here’s a rundown of our stories across the blog network.

On the digital side, WebNewser shows how media sites, including Wikileaks itself, are working to render digestible the incredible volume of data the whistleblowing site has now made available and also examines the way Wikileaks has changed the power dynamics governing contemporary news reporting:

Companies that were once gatekeepers of information no longer control the gate. Information can reach the masses without them, and their role has shifted. Rather then being gatekeepers, 21st century media companies need to become curators of information. In the case of the “War Logs,” the shear number of entries means that most people will not bother to go through them, even though the information is now available direct.

On today’s Morning Media Menu podcast, Galleycat editor Jason Boog and TVNewser co-editor and WebNewser editor Alex Weprin discuss the sheer enormity of the story. “Not only is it one of the biggest news stories of the year it’s also one of the biggest media stories in the year,” says Weprin. “Strictly from a media perspective it’s pretty unprecedented.” The pair also discuss Jay Rosen’s blog post characterizing Wikileaks as the first news organization without a state.

PRNewser, meanwhile, offers a look at Wikileaks’ public-relations strategy and an initial glance at the White House’s reaction.

Over at MediaJobsDaily, we have an inquiry: What does it mean when Wikileaks decicides to give its information to three of the largest news organizations in the country, rather than publish the data itself and let news organizations large and small have a shot at reporting it out?