Knol is a Google project which aims to include user-written articles on topics ranging from “scientific concepts, to medical information, from geographical and historical, to entertainment, from product information, to how-to-fix-it instructions.”

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The Star-Ledger uit New Jersey, start met dagelijkse online nieuwsshow , de eerste stap in het lanceren van een interactief videoplatform.

“Let’s make one thing perfectly clear from the outset: This is not local TV news,” says John Hassell, the Ledger’s deputy online managing editor.

“This is local video news for the web. It’ll be conversational, interactive and draw constantly on the community of users at [the paper’s website] and bloggers, vloggers and podcasters across New Jersey.”

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EveryBlock in Chicago

July 30, 2008

Chicago Tribune publiceert een map met lokaal nieuws, in samenwerking met EveryBlock.

Aftenposten (Schibsted, Noorwegen) gaat redactievergaderingen uitzenden. Eerder deed Liverpool Daily Post (LDP) dat al in het Verenigd Koninkrijk. Ook Spokesman Review toont de vergaderingen op de website. Hoofdredacteur Steve Smith:

“Our webcasts have 40-50 viewers in the morning, 20-25 in the afternoon. It’s mostly our competitors or people who have, or think they might have, a stake in what is being said. We attract few viewers simply because these are boring meetings.”

“It’s symbolic: the fact that it is there, that it is an option, is important. We also break out pieces of the webcast and put them on blogs when we are dealing with controversial issues,” he explained.

“The whole transparency costs next to nothing. The challenge is time: I would much rather spend all my time blogging than being an editor.”

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Hyperlokale website Everyblock lanceert in twee nieuwe steden. Na Chicago, NY en SF komen ook Charlotte en Philadelphia aan de beurt.

  • Charlotte map will include library information, updating listings with new titles available locally and chart all local 911 calls to the police and ‘significant police events’ in the city.
  • The location of series crimes will charted on the Philadelphia map along with areas mentioned by the local authority’s Streets and Services agenda bodies.
  • Any area of Charlotte mentioned in city council meeting minutes or zoning minutes will be charted on that map.

Times Editor Russ Stanton in een email naar de redactie: “Thanks to the internet, we have more readers for our great journalism than at any time in our history. But also thanks to the internet, our advertisers have more choices, and we have less money.”

Nieuwe interactieve map van Gloucestershire op “Gloucestershire Interactive Map – an innovative Google Maps-powered resource which is absolutely unique to With 3,000+ listings plotted, you can make the most of your free time in Gloucestershire like never before”

Local reporting: Stuck for a story? Check the national news agenda – there is nearly always a local angle to a national story and it will help your readers to better understand the issues too. Tipster: John Thompson

Studie over de Amerikaanse krantensector van het Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ). Voor het onderzoek werden 250 Amerikaanse kranten onder de loep genomen en redacteuren in vijftien verschillende steden geïnterviewd. Dit staat in het onderzoeksresultaat te lezen.

It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter. There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects.

Business coverage is either packaged in an increasingly thin stand-alone section or collapsed into another part of the paper. The crossword puzzle has shrunk, the TV listings and stock tables may have disappeared, but coverage of some local issues has strengthened and investigative reporting remains highly valued.

Steven Smith, editor-in-chief of the Spokesman-Review over de studie:

“Our readers are migrating away from print to digital platforms. We must migrate with them. Failure to change, put plainly, means failure (…) Our success will depend on the commitment of each of us to be fearless in the face of relentless, never-ending change, gritty in the face of doubt and resolute in the service of our communities who continue to rely on our journalism as never before.”

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