Rather than eschewing aggregation, the Times seems to be moving to ensure that it can keep pace with fast-moving competitors, without sacrificing the paper’s commitment to high-quality journalism and accuracy.
Okay, this means NYTimes has a team of reporters who follow and track viral stories using social media tools, but either do rewrites or add new reporting to how they present the information to their viewer/users. Thus, this starts with aggregation of facts, photos, live from the scene reports, etc. but evaluates the information and transforms and reports on this kind of story.
At ChicagoTalks.org we have been experimenting with an approach like that for several years with Columbia College Chicago journalism students. When you can’t send reporters to be on the scene, you can empower them to report on what is happening in the digital nexus.