For those with Pet sections: Cute Overload!.
You can add your own widget to give your readers a window onto the cuteness (and have automatically refreshing content to boot).
(Got it from the meebo blog, in case you're wondering....)
Aside from the fact that the photo of the guy's toilet showing his reading material on top of the tank creeps me out a little, who says the reporter can't be part of the story?
Thanks to Roger Black for pointing out the audio slideshows done by the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Posted by Sean Polay at 10:25 AM
From: Jeanne Hubbard [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 4:34 PM
To: IAC Ottaway
Subject: Blog Report
- Just one blog from a freelancer, unedited ("after a few weeks it was obvious that the entries needed no editing whatsoever")
- Hopes to add newsroom blogs soon. Newsroom blogs will be edited in the newsroom. Editor is concerned, however, that they won't be able to keep it up with enough frequency (shooting for three entries each week).
- Several blogs from outside sources (freelancer writer, local radio personality, etc.)
- Sportswriter blogged from Red Sox spring training earlier this year, with mixed results (he did great, but there wasn’t a whole lot of reader interaction with him)
- Unedited: "This has backfired only once, on a blog we had from a former FT employee who was getting disgruntled with the lack of freelance work he was getting from us."
- Intends to pursue some more beat specific blogs in the near future.
- 5 bloggers who are all from the newsroom
- No word on whether they are edited?
- "No blogs here. Too many concerns about oversight, lack of someone to monitor content, etc."
- Three bloggers: two staff, one columnist
- Mostly written by editors, with the exception of the book blog and the sports blog, which go unedited.
- 90% community contributed, 10% employee blogs
- No editing
- Several bloggers: Myself + freelance columnists who blog unpaid
- I or an editor read over the blogs before posting, but generally post without much editing
- We have had success with the "temporary" blog in which someone blogs throughout an event. We had a student blog from the National Spelling Bee and most recently a blog last week from our Film Festival. Both generated great page views.
- Staff blogs are not on the horizon. Due to our perpetual short-staffed situation, the Editor feels that blogs would detract from the daily work of getting out the paper.
Posted by Sean Polay at 5:09 PM
Sean Polay was on Newstimeslive.com and is forwarding you this article "Sean Polay sent you a story from Newstimeslive.com"
Here is their message ...
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Posted by Sean Polay at 12:48 PM
From: Deb Cram [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 10:56 AM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: landing page Eagle tall ship
Posted by Sean Polay at 11:58 AM
Sean Polay sent you a post from NewsGator.com: "What is the opinion of current editors about using bloggers as sources? "For example, say I am covering a sporting event. Being a small, budgeted publication, I am doing double duty for photography and writing. Honestly, it will be nearly impossible for me to get all the interviews I want. "[However, since] I believe in always trying to find the best quote: Is it frowned upon to go to, say MySpace and/or develop a network of bloggers I can read for more quotes? "Does that in some way diminish the role I play in covering the event, or does it enhance it? I personally feel that it is enhancing it as maybe I can find that one piece of information or quote that is truly beneficial. I would really like to know what guidelines there might be for this sort of thing." Excellent question Tim! So I'm throwing this out to the Tidbits audience. What's your opinion? Does your news organization have any policies or guidelines regarding quoting bloggers? Please comment below.
Bloggers as Sources: What's Your Take?
Message from sender Sean Polay: As with many of these types questions, I would guess that your answer is, "Depends on the story -- and the blogger." But thought this might inspire some intersting discussion among us.
"What is the opinion of current editors about using bloggers as sources?
"For example, say I am covering a sporting event. Being a small, budgeted publication, I am doing double duty for photography and writing. Honestly, it will be nearly impossible for me to get all the interviews I want.
"[However, since] I believe in always trying to find the best quote: Is it frowned upon to go to, say MySpace and/or develop a network of bloggers I can read for more quotes?
"Does that in some way diminish the role I play in covering the event, or does it enhance it? I personally feel that it is enhancing it as maybe I can find that one piece of information or quote that is truly beneficial. I would really like to know what guidelines there might be for this sort of thing."
Excellent question Tim! So I'm throwing this out to the Tidbits audience. What's your opinion? Does your news organization have any policies or guidelines regarding quoting bloggers? Please comment below.
Posted by Sean Polay at 7:45 AM
Posted by Sean Polay at 2:58 PM
Second to last paragraph gives a glimpse at the Backfence strategy as it approaches launching more of its flavor of hyperlocal sites. I think targeting 10 groups -- or whatever number makes the most sense for your resources -- is a pretty good starting point for the conversation surrounding the creation and production of either hyperlocal or topic-specific landing pages.
Remember that the success of these pages hinges on more than just creating a place to collect archived content. You need data, and community involvement, for the pages to have a lasting impact on your success with your current and potential audience.
RELATED: The aforementioned June 2006 issue of Presstime, which I finally had the chance to read during a good number of plane rides last week, was filled with new media nuggets. Among them, some hyperlocal efforts:
- http://www.coastsider.com/ (Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County, CA)
- http://www.madisoncommons.org/ (Madison, WI)
- http://www.forumhome.org/ (Deerfield, NH)
- http://www.douglasga.com/ (Douglas, GA)
- http://www.reflector.com/family/content/gofamily/index.html (Greenville, NC)
- http://www.baristanetnj.com (Montclair, NJ)
- http://www.blufftontoday.com/ (Bluffton, SC)
- http://h2otown.info/ (Watertown, MA)
- http://www.northwestvoice.com/home/ and http://www.swvoice.com/home/ (Bakersfield, CA)
- http://www.westportnow.com/ (Westport, CT)
- http://www.olyblog.net/ (Olympia, WA)
- http://www.phillyfuture.org/ (Philadelphia)
- http://www.benicianews.com/ (Benicia, CA)
- http://www.ibrattleboro.com/ (Brattleboro, VT)
- http://tcdailyplanet.com/ (Minneapolis and St. Paul)
- http://www.backfence.com/ (McLean, Reston and Arlington, VA; Bethesda, MD; Palo Alto and San Mateo, CA)
- http://yourhub.com/ (in use by Scripps and MediaNews newspapers around the country)
- http://www.mymissourian.com/ (Columbia, MO)
- http://www.gothamgazette.com/ (NYC)
- http://pocono.commuterclub.org/ (Poconos, PA)
- http://www.highway278.com/ (Dallas, GA)
- http://www.buffalorising.com (Buffalo, NY)
- Block Island
- Thanksgiving Football
- Unmasking the Lion King
- Time Takes its Toll: Holocaust survivors
- Funeral procession for Sgt. Det. James Allen
- Classic Cars slideshow
Posted by Sean Polay at 10:01 AM
washingtonpost.com's Video Mashup. This should be interesting.... They've essentially posted videotaped questions. Reader inserts answers. Some assembly required.
Also: Internet Weighs In With Mash-Ups
Call me crazy, but it might be interesting to do a contest with your users to let them do an audio slideshow based around an event, upcoming or gone by. You provide the photos, they provide the finished product. Just a thought....
Posted by Sean Polay at 9:59 PM
From: Patrick Mullen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, June 05, 2006 6:42 PM
Subject: obit guest books - traffic driver
We always struggle with traffic deaths that involve teenagers - especially around graduation. We had a horrible accident on Friday that took the lives of three Port Jervis girls. The paper covered the story very well and we wanted to do something meaningful online. With a weekend in the way and a desire not to be perceived as 'capitalizing' on such a tragic event we decided to simply link to the Legacy.com guest books - from our index page - for each of the teens involved.
Two of the guestbooks had no entries when we started this morning -- now two of them have 2 pages of entries and a third has 6 and counting. We've had over 11,000 pageviews to the guestbook section so far today (compared to 2,000/ day average) and I really believe that we provided a great sevice to the family and friends of all involved -- just wanted to pass this along.
Posted by Sean Polay at 5:51 AM