Why the rise of sites devoted to explanatory journalism is a trend worth celebrating

Gigaom

Everyone complains about the weather but no one does anything about it, a famous curmudgeon once said. The same criticism could have been made — until recently at least — about the media’s relentless focus on instantaneous news, thanks in large part to an explosion of real-time tools for instant journalism like Twitter (s twtr) and YouTube (s goog). But there are signs that this wave is being compensated for somewhat, thanks to an increasing number of digital efforts aimed at adding context, structure, background and analysis.

One of the most prominent examples is Project X, the as-yet-unnamed new venture from former Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, who was hired by Verge and SB Nation owner Vox Media to build something he has described as a combination between Wikipedia and a breaking-news service.

But there are others as well, including at Klein’s old home the Washington Post, where…

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