I’m comparing the live chats from The Dallas Morning News and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The tone is depressingly similar, but I did notice some differences in my utterly nonscientific survey.
The Morning News, early on at least, had a Twitter feed with absolutely no filtering, displaying tweets like “Watching #Rangers and smoking dope” and another from a person with a Twitter handle that included the f-word.
It’s relatively hard for me to tell who’s the expert commenter on either blog — except that I know the Morning News writer. Seems to me it would be good to make a more solid ID, like including the writer’s title.
The Post-Dispatch writers seem to be checking in more often than Morning News sportswriters. It’s OK to read what the rabble thinks, but I’m tuned in for the experts. Otherwise, why bother?
It’s not happening often, but the Post-Dispatch writers appear to be answering some of the commenters’ questions. Morning News writers appear to have dropped off the map, at least in the seventh inning.