Newspaper story, online, has new life cycles, many questions
“Convoluted” is the key word in this graphic portrayal of the life of a news story today, thanks to our new post-blog, mid-Twitter, online universe:
Lauren Michell Rabaino of The Seattle Times raises fascinating issues in that illustrated article at MediaBistro’s “10,000 words” blog, opening with the observation that, “News must be really hard to follow for an everyday consumer of a newspaper website.”
As an online producer for the Seattle paper, as well as blogger at laurenmichell.com and an active Twitter user as @laurenmichell, she gives examples from the BBC and Los Angeles Times sites, as well as her own publication. She reports on a recent critique of “episodic” news reporting and throws the idea of more wiki-like publications into the mix, along with a discussion of how to implement updates in content management systems.
Rabaino’s item also suggests there is plenty of room for descriptive and comparative research by AEJMC Newspaper & Online News Division members. After reading her piece, I just kept coming up with more questions…
Can academic research and experimentation help practitioners of “paper and online” journalism identify “best practices”? How much is editorial policy and how much is a function of the affordances and constraints of site content management systems? How does newsflow vary among organizations of various sizes and missions, and how do their tools and procedures vary?
What approaches do we find at…
- top-10 dailies with 24/7 websites
- state capital dailies
- medium-size city dailies
- smaller local dailies
- daily online, less-than-daily print publications