Monthly Archives: April 2006

UK web publishing industry “will grow by 37% in 2006”

[Keyword: ]. The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) should be re-named The Association of Good News for Online Publishers, given how many positive reports they seem to have released in the last year. The latest research predicts the UK’s web publishing industry will grow “by 37 per cent in 2006 thanks to a growth in online advertising”, reports Journalism.co.uk:

“The association’s annual census found publishers to be optimistic about
business growth, spurred on by increasing broadband take-up, developments in
mobile technology and the success of web communities. Buoyant online advertising
is also contributing to increased confidence in the industry.”

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UK web publishing industry "will grow by 37% in 2006"

[Keyword: ]. The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) should be re-named The Association of Good News for Online Publishers, given how many positive reports they seem to have released in the last year. The latest research predicts the UK’s web publishing industry will grow “by 37 per cent in 2006 thanks to a growth in online advertising”, reports Journalism.co.uk:

“The association’s annual census found publishers to be optimistic about
business growth, spurred on by increasing broadband take-up, developments in
mobile technology and the success of web communities. Buoyant online advertising
is also contributing to increased confidence in the industry.”

EPpy Award Blog Finalists named

[Keyword: ]. The EPpy Award Blog Finalists have been named. Here’s a rundown:

Best Media-Affiliated News Blog

Cincinnati.com (BorgBlog)
http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/borgman/

JSOnline.com (DayWatch)
http://www.jsonline.com/watch/?watch=1

KansasCity.com Crime Scene KC Blog
http://blogs.kansascity.com/crime_scene/

Best Media-Affiliated Sports Blog

TheNewsTribune.com (Mike Sando’s Seattle Seahawks blog
http://thesportsjunky.blogspot.com/

Web site of the Houston Chronicle
http://blogs.chron.com/sportsjustice/

Boston Globe
http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/

Best Media-Affiliated Business Blog

USATODAY.com (Today In The Sky Blog)
http://blogs.usatoday.com/sky/

BusinessWeek (Blogspotting
http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/blogspotting/

USATODAY.com (Kevin Maney’s Blog)
http://blogs.usatoday.com/maney/

Best Media-Affiliated Entertainment Blog

USATODAY.com (Pop Candy)
http://blogs.usatoday.com/popcandy/

Chicagotribune.com Blogger Maureen Ryan
http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/

Chron.com, the Web site of the Houston Chronicle (MeMO)
http://blogs.chron.com/memo/

The winners are to be announced in Las Vegas May 18-19. You can find a list of all finalists at http://www.cyberjournalist.net/news/003444.php

Giving the Audience Some ‘Space’ of Their Own

[Keyword: ]. Steve Outing is offering some tips for news organisations to give the audience a space of their own, making the compelling argument: “MySpace and Facebook are among the most successful media-related enterprises on the Web right now […] Yet with rare exceptions, the newspaper industry is avoiding this personal-page and social-networking trend“.

His tips include:

Give every reporter and columnist their own personal page (a sort of MySpace space for professionals). Items to include:

— Bio section. Description of the journalist’s career and personal interests, including photos.
— Links to previous work.
— Any coverage of the journalist; external articles or profiles of him or her.
— Aggregation of reader comments to the journalist’s published work.
— A Q&A feature (or forum), where readers can directly ask a question of the journalist, and even talk among themselves about the person’s work.
— The journalist’s blog. (I think every journalist should have a blog, as a venue to interact with his or her readers, let them know what he/she is working on, and as an outlet for interesting stuff collected by the journalist that otherwise doesn’t have a home in the newspaper or on the website.)“

invite online readers in. I mean giving them space, inviting them to become part of the news conversation, and facilitating communication between readers who share interests in the news or specific slices of it.
Here’s my prescription for creating within a news site a place for readers/users to call their own — and start to feel a part of the news conversation.

  • User bio and photo(s).
  • User content.
  • User’s blog highlighted.
  • User-interest tagging.
  • User’s news interests and expertise.

New Orleans paper wins Pulitzer for online reports

[Keyword: ]. “The New Orleans Times-Picayune won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting today for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the resulting flooding of the city,” reports the OJR. “What makes this award so significant for online journalism is the fact that the Times-Picayune published its award-winning coverage only online for the first three days after the storm. This makes the Times-Picayune’s award the Pulitzer ever given to online-original news content.”