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Two years ago I wrote about how the Fuji Rock Festival’s website saved me a two-hour trip to the festival. Early reports accurately painted a grim picture of chaos created by a freak typhoon, so I decided to stay in Tokyo.

That year, two people were in charge of putting together the festival’s home page. At this year’s festival — held July 30 to Aug. 1 in Niigata Prefecture — there were 12 web reporters; I was among them.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
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