Orkaanmap Des Moines

June 30, 2008

Een sterk voorbeeld van multimedia-berichtgeving over een orkaan die door Iowa trekt. Met foto’s voor/na, met en animatie vooraf, met videobeelden van amateurs, met informatie over de getroffen huizen (oppervlakte, waarde). 

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Welk internetpersoonlijkheid heb je? Doe de test op Pew Internet Life Project. Ik ben omnivoor, een groep die voornamelijk bevolkt blijkt door jonge (28 ) blanke (64%) mannen (70%).

Omnivores embrace all this connectivity, feeling confident in how they manage information and their many devices. This puts information technology at the center of how they express themselves, do their jobs, and connect to their friends.

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Leuk bericht op 10.000 words – 8 ways of visualizing news.
When journalists first began using Flash to produce multimedia stories, it changed the way news could be displayed. Hyperlinks and long blocks of text still exist (in a much cleaner form), but they are now supplemented by the new form of storytelling. The following news aggregators are the next step in the visualization of news and how users will interact with content in the future.

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Northcliffe Media (Daily Mail) in UK herlanceert tien nieuwe websites van het hyperlokale ‘This is’-platform na een succesvolle pilotsite in Hull. De 55 bestaande websites worden herwerkt, en er worden er 35 toegevoegd.

The remaining 79 sites will all be live by mid-September, with Northcliffe launching a fresh batch each month. This first mass roll out of ‘next generation’ sites was based around the publisher’s higher traffic

Search engine optimisation are at the heart of the redesign. Journalists at the titles have also been trained to write search-friendly headlines for both mobile and online content. The new sites also include improved accessibility for user interaction. Although no additional dedicated UGC sites like Hull’s YourMail site have been added.

The revamped network will include a combination of sites geared towards specific urban, regional and hyperlocal audiences, depending on the nature of the region. They want to extend our brands and our footstep beyond areas that already have an affinity with one of our newspapers + classifieds as job, motoring and property portals will also be integrated across sites in the new network.

Northcliffe claims its web and print audience now exceeds 4.7 million every month, according to Survey Interactive. Rival regional publisher Newsquest said yesterday that its network of 164 websites recorded a combined 5.1 million unique users during April, as certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations Electronic.

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Het Canadese NowPublic.com heeft een aantal nieuwe features toegevoegd ‘to raise the bar for trust and credibility’ voor citizen journalism. Een nieuw rankingsysteem voor leden baseert zich op de kwaliteit en populariteit van hun bijdragen – bvb. via page views, comments, aantal keren een verhaal de voorpagina haalt. Er is ook een nieuw dashboard opgezet dat de gebruiker toelaat specifieker nieuws te kunnen volgen.

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“Local Web sites continue to ride a wave that defies even the most optimistic forecasts,” Borrell says. “Local online revenues are growing at a phenomenal rate of 50% this year — even more astonishing considering that retail sales have suffered such a sharp drop.”

Virtually all newspaper sites appear to be profitable, Borrell adds.

Lees meer: Newspaper Online Local Ad Revenue Hits $2 Billion

“The answer, I believe, is to build a site that encourages people to express, in a variety of ways, how they think and feel about their community. I’m talking about a lot more than restaurant or shopping reviews. What makes residents proud? What are their opinions about their schools, recreational facilities, police protection? Who do they rank as their community’s first citizens? What volunteer groups do the best job? What’s the No. 1 problem?”

“The answers and counter-answers – which could include a simple A to F grading – would generate a huge amount of news about what works and doesn’t work in a community. Public and private leadership, which is mostly missing from comment on current hyperlocal sites, would be under enormous pressure to respond, especially when particular criticisms – a shortage of ball fields, unfounded school improvements, a shabby neighborhood shopping center – draw supporting comments.

Tools tailored to what people want at their community level (e.g., who can help to raise funds for local charities, who wants to join a movie club, who wants to share nanny-hiring intelligence, etc.) would be provided.

The site should also enthusiastically embrace business potential. Registrants would be rewarded with a card – handsome and snail-mailed – that would entitle them to a 10 percent discount at participanting restaurants, stores and services. In a gesture to community giving, those businesses would, several times a year, declare a week when 10 percent of all revenues from card-bearing customers would go to selected local charities.

Als uitsmijter: Kritiek op Loundoun.com

Pegasus News in Dallas

June 10, 2008

Nog een succesvol hyperlokaal initatief: Pegasus News in Dallas. Google Maps van alles wat kan te maken hebben met lokale evenementen.

Enkele quotes uit interessant artikel over Rob Curley, hyperlocal pioneer.

“Users can compare historical home prices, street by street or neighborhood by neighborhood; receive a text alert about a Little League rainout, the weather, or the fishing report; click on a map to assess local hurricane damage; chat with the subject of a story or its reporter; check out a weekly high-school sports roundup and daily news “vodcast” (short for video on demand).”

And kusports.com, one of Curley’s better-known projects, covered the University of Kansas Jayhawks teams in ways the Lawrence Journal-World couldn’t. In addition to live play-by-play, it featured an animated playbook of the basketball team’s most effective plays, and a writer who previewed coming matchups by simulating them on a computer game and covering them like real games. The result? Three years after Curley took over, monthly page views soared from around 500,000 to a peak of around 13 million. Not bad for a town with 82,000 residents.

Twain in Hannibal. Politics in Topeka. Basketball in Lawrence. Real estate in Naples. Each topic defines the local community. Obvious, yes, but the genius is in the execution. And there, too, he follows a deceptively simple rule: “There’s no such thing as overkill.” On the bottomless Web, there’s always room for more detail, more depth. That, in essence, is the “hyper” in hyper-local.

There’s a Warren Buffett quote, which I’m paraphrasing, that says there has never been a venture that’s accumulated massive eyeballs and audience that’s failed

He was also tackling one of the industry’s toughest problems: how to engage the elusive 18- to 24-year-old set. His team did it by remaking lawrence.com, a site separate from the paper’s online home, as an alternative-entertainment hub for college students. The sarcasm and profanity sounded authentic to readers, but behind the attitude was a sophisticated approach to service and interactivity. Databases of local-music gigs and daily drink specials made the site useful. Offbeat reader blogs made it unpredictable. “The site belonged to them, not us,” Curley says.

The other smart decision was taking the online content and putting it in an ad-rich weekly tabloid called Deadwood Edition, an oft-cited example of reverse publishing.

http://www2.kusports.com/

http://www.lawrence.com/

http://www2.ljworld.com/

http://www.robcurley.com