Jay Rosen shares a list of components that he feels make up the emerging model of a successful online news organization. The best part about his list is the many examples he includes to live sites.
Evening news programs are looking to the web to engage a dwindling audience, and the younger generation. The New York Times focuses on the efforts at ABC’s World News: “But ABC is the only major broadcast network that is using the staff of its evening newscast to produce a separate and distinct daily program for… Continue reading Evening News Programs Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Hole?
Journalistopia has compiled a directory of online crime maps. It is fascinating to see reporting done in such a visual, data-rich fashion.
Scott Karp looks at how a deal between Google and wire services such as the Associated Press, puts pressure on news organizations to create truly unique high value reporting: “Here’s the next question that all news organizations need to ask themselves — what’s UNIQUE about your coverage of a big story? Google News has purged… Continue reading Creating Unique News Coverage is Key to Online Success
Google is adding an already controversial new feature to Google News: allowing people to comment on news items, but only those who are actually featured in the news story. Plenty of people are thinking about Google’s reasoning for this, the competitive advantage it could give them, and trying to figure out how Google will verify… Continue reading Google News Adds Unique Commenting Feature; No Fabio
Scott Karp asks: Should Newspapers Become Local Blog Networks? “What’s becoming clear is that blogs are now the organizing principle for newspapers’ original online content. And these are “real” blogs, i.e. driven by one or two individual bloggers, with (often active) comments, RSS feeds, the whole nine yards.” “…maybe what newspapers should become in the… Continue reading Are Blog Networks the Future of Newspapers?
The Washington Post has launched a hyperlocal website called LoudounExtra.com. The site is: “…an aggressive online push into hyperlocal journalism, combining traditional reporters and photographers with bloggers, videographers and extensive databases on schools, businesses and churches.” Scott Karp gives an extensive review of the site.
Mark Potts looks back at why the hyperlocal news site Backfence closed its doors, and shares tips on the best way to create a user-generated hyperlocal news site: Engage the community. It’s not journalism—it’s a conversation. Hyperlocal content is really mundane Trust the audience. Focus on strong, well-defined communities. Leverage social networking. There is most… Continue reading How to Create a User-Generated, Hyperlocal News Site
Scott Karp explains why “hyperlocal” web content is failing to catch on: “The problem with all the thinking on hyperlocal is that it’s focused on what we think people need, i.e. more local news reporting, not what they want, i.e. help getting things done…” “That doesn’t mean that hyperlocal can’t evolve in the 2.0 era… Continue reading Why Hyperlocal News Fails to Catch On
Wall Street Journal reporters had a chat with Rupert Murdoch, who commented on how the web is affecting traditional media: “We’ve got to find new ways and new business models to get revenues. Or else the world is going to be owned by Google… The Internet is a great leveler. All newspapers count for less… Continue reading Murdoch: “The Internet is a great leveler”