Tech Reporting Should Be Better

double-facepalmMy RSS feed has a lot of technology reporting sites in it. I keep most of the feeds segmented into groups like Virtualization, Storage, etc. The interesting thing in doing it that way is that you get to see a lot of different sites headlines in rapid succession.

One thing  I’ve noticed over the last year or so, there are tech news/aggregation/blog sites that simply crib each other and call it reporting. But in reality,  Its simply a regurgitation of the same rote talking points with a different banner at the top.

Don’t believe me, look at the coverage of a company you’ve never heard of, Chill:


Yeah, thats 3 sites, publishing within in a few seconds of each other, essentially the same article. I’m not even sure I blame these guys for this kind of reporting, because the pay for click model is what drives it. Still it doesn’t mean that its a good thing, in fact, when I see stuff like this it leads me to simply gloss over content and ignore the site completely.  Perhaps the way I ingest content is not how others do and this is simply an issue for me.

Now lets take for instance the announcement of Juniper buying out virtually unheard of SDN “provider” Contrail for 176 Million in Cash and Stock (initially reported 5 days ago at StreetInsider)

Here is All Things D:  Juniper Spends $176 Million on Networking Start-Up Contrail and then there is GigaOm: Juniper to buy SDN startup Contrail in Deal worth $176M

Both of those articles are nearly identical, and neither go much farther than simply rewording a press release, and honestly I expect a certain level of actual reporting and or digging and getting to the actual meat of the issue when it comes to tech coverage. There seems to be a total lack of curiosity in a lot of this coverage. The critical analysis really isnt there. Perhaps I’m being nitpicky, perhaps I just like my tech reporting to have a little more snark and skepticism.

So who does it right? Well The Register actually manages to put two and two together:

It is also just as likely that Juniper wanted to get Kireeti Kompella, formerly CTO and Chief Architect at Juniper before he left to be CTO at Contrail, back on board.

Same with Enterprise Networking Planet who goes into far more depth than pretty much anyone else.

Contrail and Juniper aren’t entirely strangers in terms of staffing either. Kireeti Kompell CTO of Contrail was formerly the CTO and Chief Architect for Junos at Juniper. Junos is the core network operating system that underpins all of Juniper’s networking gear

I’m still waiting for TechCrunch and Pando Daily to put up their pieces about this. I’m guessing there was a holiday party that all the interns were invited to so maybe they are busy, but rest assured they will come out with something soon. Since crafting the bulk of this post last night not much has really changed, other than I noticed that a few more details were added to the articles above. For me thats part of the problem with the desire to be first with the headline, but last with the details.


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