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Even though I was out of town most of Saturday, I was able via my iPhone and Victoria Advocate.com to follow closely the news of the grass fires burning in Victoria and Jackson counties.

Thanks to the marvel of technology, newspapers have taken back breaking news from broadcasters. As the fires burned, our staff posted updates on our Web site, sent out e-mail alerts, used Twitter to send out real-time information and videos, and then added those images and video to our site long before the 10 p.m. news.

In addition, readers shared their own photos of the fire on our Web site (thank you, T. Bateman) and used Twitter to post their own reports and to ask questions of our journalists. That's an exciting combination of journalism from us and from you.

While I was following the coverage, I also read a New York Times story about the serious troubles facing broadcast TV networks. You may read it by clicking here. The story questions the future business model of broadcast TV. A recent Wall Street Journal article, titled "Local TV stations face a fuzzy future", laid out the problems facing affiliates. You may read a commentary about that by clicking here.

Amid all of this disruption, we see opportunity. When you flip on your computer or TV (which soon will be one and the same), know that you can tune in to VictoriaAdvocate.com for the latest news of the Crossroads region. Or you can use your iPhone as I did Saturday.