There are blogs and then there are blogs. Xark, for instance, is one of those blogs that routinely reveals a new path and challenges an old assumption. Its contributors have been around the block and they're growing a little impatient when others are stuck inside the house.
The latest post is exceptional in discussing a new framework for reporting: the data structure as part of what it calls an Informatics Scenario. It provides a good example of how reporters might gather information in this new era (filling in a lot of fields) and it argues convincingly that metadata provide the new path.
As for challenging the old assumption: It assumes no paid content and an insufficient advertising revenue stream, so it requires metadata to generate audiences and revenue. There's trauma ahead, it argues, but there's also hope in the new.