For platform neutral news planning and workflow

May 1, 2013
For platform neutral news planning and workflow

In today’s newsrooms workflow innovation and content planning are becoming pretty important for the delivery of news across multiple platforms. But it is not easy for organisations with a print orientation to innovate and move away from a print-dominant workflow. Designer Mario Garcia noted  in a recent blog post, “Don’t attach more significance to one platform…

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User generated content platforms a useful tool

April 20, 2013
User generated content platforms a useful tool

The creation of platforms, simple or complex, for user generated content and story-related interaction, are becomoing important to newsrooms. And is the day far off when they will be an integral part of media-related content management systems? Guardian’s new platform Witness makes it posible for…

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CNN site changes: how much of a redesign is it?

April 14, 2013
CNN site changes: how much of a redesign is it?

CNN’s home page sports a new look, with changes in the way the top story is displayed and a different look in the showcasing of sections. There is a sharper focus on the top story now, with fewer distracting elements – and the page looks…

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Which way the paywall winds are blowing

April 1, 2013

Yes, it’s paywall time. As Felix Salmon in an article in Columbia Journalism Review, “It’s paywall season right now: The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, theTelegraph, the Sun—all have…

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Design glipmses into the evolution of a news site and its front pages

December 16, 2012
Design glipmses into the evolution of a news site and its front pages

This page, about the big-traffic moments on the BBC website over the last 15 years, provides us with us with fascinating glimpses into the evolution of design thinking and the…

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An index of news-room code to dig into

October 16, 2012

This is an interesting new resource. Whether or not you are specifically interested in coding – and these days it is being increasingly seen as an a very useful skill…

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Will the Google news keywords feature make a difference to headline-writing in newsrooms?

October 16, 2012

Will the new news keywords feature of Google News liberate newsrooms from the tyranny of having to stick to prosaic and matter-of-fact headlines that conform to SEO principles? While introducing…

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Going the web app way makes sense when more than 60 per cent of mobile and tablet users get their news using browsers

October 4, 2012

The move of the New York Times too going the web app way indicates that some mainstream news sites are thinking of options outside the Apple app ‘ecosystem’. Financial Times…

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The fruits of giving headlines the SEO way

July 11, 2012

Marrying headlines with SEO techniques is the way to go says this post from Frédéric Filloux in the Guardian, citing an instance from HuffPo. “HuffPo’s editors took no chance: the…

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Do you have a transparent corrections policy?

June 26, 2012

Having a open and transparent corrections policy is going to be more important than before with the advent of third-party tools that keep a close track of story changes on…

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Web apps or native apps – which way to go?

May 4, 2012

In the media context, it’s generally thought that both Web and native apps both have their respective roles to play in bringing content to readers, but if the experience of…

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A major news site takes to responsive design

April 12, 2012
A major news site takes to responsive design

It seems that really big news portals too are taking up responsive design – the BBC has just announced how it is going to incorporate it into its mobile sites.…

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