A blog post recently raised an interesting question - with all of the information being directly loaded to the Web and available for instant consumption, is there still a role for traditional journalists? The question is asked in the context of the recent spate of news emanating from countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The authors respond to this question with a resounding "Yes!"

The first contention is that while information is becoming increasingly available through multiple channels, the point of origin can have an impact on how that information is viewed. In other words, we get our information from multiple sources, but how can we trust what we read and hear?

The role of reporters has always been to define news stories in an objective format. Get the story, verify the facts, and present your findings to the world. This has led to journalists being jailed and even killed, but the insistence on veracity lends credence to their stories.

A second opinion presented is the need for competition in media. The authors believe that multiple angles of a news story from multiple sources can help provide a multilateral perspective that provides a more holistic view of an event.

The blog post suggests that as the media landscape evolves, the fundamental infrastructure needs to evolve as well. This provides the platforms and opportunities for journalists to support or refute trending news stories via traditional news-gathering and verifying practices.