News article with some screenshots of the first Norwegian newspapers online.
Eirik Solheim on NRK's experiment with torrent distribution of public service broadcasting content:
This software has helped the government-owned broadcaster distribute terabytes of data to thousands of people. Through a technology that is feared by the media industry, yet extremely efficient and robust, we pump out huge amounts of content at a total distribution cost close to zero. [...]
When we do radical experiments giving away our content people tend to ask if we’re not afraid of losing control. But they are getting it wrong. The future is about the audience. The future is about the fact that if you want control over your content you have to be the best provider of it.
Your content will end up on YouTube and the Pirate Bay anyway. But when you’re the best provider, people come to you. Giving you the chance to interact and learn. And giving you the chance to build a business model.
And we've done something which will be less obvious to you, but hugely important to the journalists working on the site. We've completely rebuilt the content production system (CPS) which we use to create content and run the site. The new version of the CPS is designed to be easier to use and – crucially when we want to get stories out to you fast – quicker too. It's also built to be more flexible, so it should be easier to keep the site evolving, and to produce the content in ways that work well on other platforms, such as mobile.
We are earning tens of millions of pounds and it’s increasing at about 100 percent a year at the moment
Let’s say we’re earning about £40m at the moment in digital revenue.
Now these are important numbers. Among other things, they suggest that Guardian News & Media (GNM) might yet succeed in building a fully-digital future without any help from paywalls, even if Wapping does meet with success.
Yet in many ways a digital journalist is more likely to struggle with design than coding. Before you can begin coding you have to have this side of things clear, whether you are working on your own independent blog or developing a complex data rich piece for a much larger news website.
My opinion is that, like coding, you’ll get the best results when you’re working in a team of professionals; that digital trinity of a journalist, a coder and a designer.
As an online editor for a digital media company, I am aware of just how important coding is, although I don’t believe that journalists and coders will ever meld into the same role. I just think that a modern journalist should be able to understand and talk about web architecture fluently. The same applies to basic design principles.
Make that information architecture and I'll agree – should be understood by all modern journalists.
"Yet if journalism is the first draft of history, even lifestyle journalism such as feminism quizzes, it is wrong to deny that an editor thought it was a good idea to publish something, even if they later change their mind. Removing articles not only shows a lack of support for contributors, but allows readers, even casual readers who come across an article by chance or tweet, to rewrite that history, and adds to the dangerous idea that editors are becoming surplus to requirements.
While we may take on board readers' views for future issues, we must be prepared to stand by and explain our editorial decisions in the light of comment, with removal of content a last resort."
“What TV did best, in this particular context, was to stage the debate: only a broadcast (few-to-many) medium could do that. But where it struggles is in attempting to add value to that broadcast event. To date, it has fallen back on the old, pre-Internet, staples (studio discussions with bigwigs, spinmeisters and columnists) leavened with a smattering of new tech tools (for example, second-by-second reaction tracking). But, actually, the value added is trivial compared with what’s available on the Web and in social media. And the reason for that is simple: TV is a push medium; and the intellectual bandwidth of push media is inherently very narrow. As Neil Postman observed many years ago (and James Fallows also showed in his lovely book, Breaking the News), you can’t do philosophy with smoke signals."
BBC’s volcano coverage generates a record 5.5m users in one day – guardian.co.uk
Jemima Kiss reporting on BBC News Online's stats for reporting of Eyjafjallajökull:
"its biggest ever traffic weekend for the 17 to 18 April with more than five million unique users on Saturday and 5.5 million on Sunday.
The busiest single story was the breaking news about the volcano last Thursday with an astonishing four million views in one day – the busiest story of 2010 so far.
"We've covered all the angles we've been able to get to, putting in extra editorial, production and newsgathering effort to ramp up and sustain the level of coverage on the website and elsewhere," said BBC News website editor Steve Herrmann.
"This is something genuinely unexpected, with far-reaching effects, and still unpredictable, and that's reflected in the audience interest, which has been big from the start, and remains high."
A live volcano news page recorded more than one million views over the two days and overall, eight of the ten busiest stories were volcano related."
Telegraph creates ‘digital operations unit’ – Press Gazette
"Telegraph Media Group has announced the creation of a "digital operations unit" which will work with editorial, commercial and technology departments to improve the web offering, build audiences and increase digital income."
Will the leader’s election debates engage first time voters? – Journalism.co.uk Editors’ Blog
Elizabeth Davies' experience of watching the first TV debate online:
"I was not glued to my television, but only because I don’t have one. Like a significant fraction of the population – a fraction dominated by young first-time voters like myself – I chose to watch the debate online. Unfortunately the quality of ITV’s live stream made it difficult to remain captivated for long. It’s one thing to engage with social media to encourage meaningful online discussion, but quite another to slap so many cursory widgets on the page that no-one is able to load anything."