Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, September 9, 2003 10:41 am

What a long, strange trip it’s been

Filed under: Salute! — Lex @ 10:41 am

News on the Web is 10 years old this month.

As Mark Glaser notes, in September 1993, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois released a beta version of the Web browser Mosaic. Within a month, the University of Florida’s journalism school launched what they believed was the first journalism site on the Web.

My tiny little piece of this history goes something like this: In May 1994, Pat Yack, at the time the N&R’s editor, tapped me to lead a team of reporters and editors to plan and begin creating online content for the News & Record. Those folks worked their tails off, despite having no resources to speak of, and before year’s end we’d soft-launched Triad Online, one of the first couple of dozen newspaper-affiliated Web sites. I returned to reporting soon thereafter, but I’ve got an I-was-there-when-they-invented-the-Web sort of story I can bore my grandchildren with.

People with more time than I can tell you what all this has meant in everything from publishing to inventory control. But the benefits have been enormous, and I just thought that, given the unhappy anniversary approaching, it was worth noting this happier one.

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