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Links 1 through 10 of 23 by Dave Earley tagged newssites

This week’s Hyperlocal Voices interview looks at the long-running SE1 website, which boasts half a million visits every month. Despite being over 12 years old, the site remains at the cutting edge of online journalism, being among the first experimenters with the Google Maps API and Audioboo.

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1: The swamp of “share” buttons.
2: Layers and layers of navigation
3: Cluttered sidebars, embedded divs
4: Avalanche of links on the homepage

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"Nielsen claim the number of people in Australia watching video online has risen from 25.2% in 2006 to 79.1% in 2009 so, with more and more people watching video online in Australia and interest growing at a rapid rate, why the lack of content in Australia?"

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"Only 10% of newspapers offered social networking tools, such as user profiles and the ability to friend others. Even though this is low, it is still an increase from 5% in 2007.

Similarly more newspapers are experimenting with user-generated content but largely when it comes to photos. The study found that 58% allowed for user generated photos. Only 18% accepted video and 15% took content written by the audience.

This is hardly surprising as mainstream media tend to use user content to complement their newsgathering, such as providing photos from the scene of breaking news."

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from paidcontent.org - Nearly 60% offer UGC
"Newspapers are still a little slow on other ordinary aspects of social media. For example, just 10 percent of newspapers had social networking tools, such as user profiles and the ability to "friend" other users, built into their sites in 2008. Only five percent of newspapers had such features in 2007. It is surprising that this number isn't higher and demonstrates lingering reluctance on the part of papers to fully embrace social media."

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"4. No budget for research, development or training means most newspapers can't see what's coming, don't have the necessary tools for survival and couldn't use those new tools effectively anyway ... 5. Newspapers don't "own" enough creative technological expertise (programmers, database/mashup designers, XHTML/CSS coders, video editors, Flash animators, graphic communicators, etc) to constitute a viable tech infrastructure. Instead, most newspaper payrolls are bloated with pluralities of resentful Luddites who struggle with the complexities of e-mail. 6. Inertia, uncertainty and toxic paralysis rule most newspaper companies. Even if newspapers promoted strong, visionary leaders to positions of authority tomorrow, most would still fail to implement their best ideas fast enough to catch up to their already-accelerating new-media competition."

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"There is absolutely zero reason General Assignment people cannot get a story to the web quickly. Granted, with the web, you have to take time to compress video and email it or FTP it, but for 1:00 of edited video, your compression should only be 5-10MB and can email on a slow broadband card in 5 or 10 minutes. While the story is emailing you could be reloading your gear, be on the phone, shooting, you know collecting news. Sure, that’s a lot like TV and you want to be different than TV."

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"* What is the overall vision for video in your newsroom? * Why are you doing video in the first place? * Is quality video valuable to your viewers? * Has video gained traction on your website over time? If not, why? * Has your paper invested in training that empowers your video producers to be able to tell and edit a story effectively? * Do you have (need) a web-savvy management structure in place to filter out bad video ideas and is an advocate for video based storytelling? * If you are producing lots of video, do you have a website that showcases this valued web-only content? * Can viewers find your videos quickly if they land on story page and not of the home page? * Can lower levels of video quality be acceptable if they meet a high news value bar? * Should small papers with dwindling resources really be adding poorly produced video to their already bleak shovelware websites?"

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Follow the link to the PDF of full report.
From the abstract: "as the figure of the 'journalist as hero' is fading, new media forms have facilitated the production of news content 'from below' by citizens and 'pro-am' journalists"

"QUT’s Terry Flew, and Jason Wilson, now of the online advocacy organisation Get Up, have published their report on the project - Journalism as Social Networking: The Australian youdecide project and the 2007 Federal election.
There’s lots of insight into the state of blogging and citizen journalism in Australia as well as a recap of some of the entertaining, and revealing, clashes between mainstream media and the blogosphere over just who had the authority to tell the story of the 2007 campaign."

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"Does your news site ever use comment moderation to squelch criticism or corrections? What do you think about such practices -- and search-based retaliation like the Daily Mail is now experiencing?"

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