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June 9, 2008

. . . it’s The Adventures of Gannett Man!

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Beck: Inside the Argus Leader’s Clinton ‘maelstrom’

May 30, 2008

Top editor Randell Beck faced a “maelstrom” after that Argus Leader editorial board meeting with Hillary Rodham Clinton, where she created headlines mentioning Robert F. Kennedy‘s 1968 assassination. The newspaper in Sioux Falls, S.D., did a great job: It quickly published video of her remarks, plus a transcript, drawing a surge of readers when the video spread to cable and broadcast TV.

“Visits were up nearly 40% from the previous month,” Beck writes in yesterday’s edition of the weekly News Watch, published by the News Department. “Unique visitors jumped nearly 160%. At last count, the video had generated more than 1.2 million viewed minutes.”

Beck says he learned three big lessons from the experience: Streaming video works. Editors must be ready for a video to go viral. And the medium’s transparency is a good thing.

Gander? It’s Goose — again
As we discussed the other day, News Watch could be a rich multimedia showcase for Gannett’s best work — an online classroom to discuss outstanding journalism. (I’m not afraid of competition!) For example, look at Beck’s piece yesterday: He’s writing all about a video, plus associated stories — without News Watch providing so much as a single link, so readers could easily watch and read on their own. Hello! Linking and embedding aren’t hard. Look what I’ve just done here:

(Confidential to Phil Currie: Little annoys the community newspapers more than Corporate’s piling additional digital work on already overstretched newsrooms — when you guys can’t seem to use the most basic technology tools yourselves.)

[Image: this morning’s Argus Leader, Newseum]

Recalling Sydney Pollack, in a ‘Tootsie’ of a scene

May 27, 2008

The director, producer and sometime actor’s star-laden movies also included The Way We Were and Out of Africa — among the most successful films of the 1970s and ’80s, The New York Times says. Pollack died of cancer today at his Los Angeles home. He was 73.

Appleton tells an old story — with new digital twists

May 25, 2008

[Big Appleton: Cory Chisel and band member Adriel Harris]

You know this story well: A young musician from the heartland takes a leap of faith, traveling to New York City in search of fame and fortune. Wisconsin’s Post-Crescent tells that story today, but with multimedia angles that transform this package into a nearly textbook-perfect example of contemporary digital journalism.

Writer Eric Klister and photographer Sharon Cekada trace the journey of guitarist Cory Chisel of Appleton, Wis., on his way to a crucial performance last month at a small New York nightclub. Chisel, 26, and his Wandering Sons band got an RCA Records contract last year, a deal that made him the first Appleton musician in more than 30 years to sign with a major label.

“You might think this would be the quintessential story of a small town boy’s journey to the big time, and you would be right — to an extent,” Klister says of that nightclub date. “Chisel is indeed humbled by this once-in-a-lifetime chance. But when it’s time to play music, he exudes the confidence of a performer who’s seen it all. If there was anything working against him on this leg of his improbable journey, it wasn’t awe or self-doubt — it was a stuffy nose.”

The video shot in New York is quite good: It’s well edited, overlaying voice and music on moving and still images — just the right story-telling format for a subject with both action and sound. And that brings me to one of my few quibbles: the Post-Crescent uses a video player, common across Gannett websites, that doesn’t allow me to embed the video here — something I was able to do with that Argus Leader video we read about Friday. The Post-Crescent player doesn’t include an easy-to-grab permalink, either.

On the plus side, however, the paper smartly organized the Chisel package on one page (screenshot, below), where you can find all the elements: stories; video; posts from Klister’s Valley Jams Blog; photo slideshows, and downloadable MP3 audio clips. It all points to Chisel’s concert next Friday in Appleton, with his Wandering Sons.


The Post-Crescent at a glance:

  • Publisher: Genia Lovett
  • Executive editor: Dan Flannery
  • Founded: 1853
  • Joined Gannett: 2000
  • Employees: 473
  • Circulation: 52,005, weekdays; 65,568, Sundays

A Gannett Blog reader suggested I write about the Chisel package. Do you have an example of good work at a Gannett paper or TV station? Leave a note in the comments section, below. Or to e-mail me confidentially, use this link from a non-work computer; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

[Photo: Sharon Cekada, Post-Crescent; today’s front page, Newseum]

The buzz: Here’s that Argus Leader Clinton video

May 24, 2008

Now, this is more like it! I’m embedding, below, the newspaper’s much-discussed interview today, using software code that the Sioux Falls, S.D., paper makes readily available on its website.

Offering embeddable code is smart, because it extends the paper’s reach to even more readers — in this case, on the political controversy du jour: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s remarks about the 1968 Robert F. Kennedy assassination. I bet other bloggers have posted this video, too. Plus, we saw it all over TV earlier tonight.

I like this style of player all the more, because it lets me start the video when I want to — unlike that annoying one we discussed last week in this post about The Indianapolis Star.

Got a video worth embedding? Please leave a note, in the comments section, below. Or send me a confidential e-mail from a non-work computer, using this link; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

Argus Leader Clinton interview shows video’s reach

May 24, 2008

Updated at 10:05 p.m. PT: I’m watching more Argus Leader video right now on CNN’s high-profile Anderson Cooper 360.

Updated at 6:57 p.m. PT with reaction: Soon after meeting with the editorial board, Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized for citing — during today’s meeting — the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy as a reason to stay in the presidential race. The Sioux Falls, S.D., newspaper offers video and a transcript of her remarks.

I saw the video replayed just moments ago, on the News Hour, with credit given to the Argus Leader. “The blowback,” host Ray Suarez said, “has been — and in a very short time, a strikingly short time — tremendous.”

Columnist Mark Shields told Suarez that video like the Argus Leader‘s has changed the nature of politics. “This has been a YouTube campaign,” Shields said. “It’s what makes this campaign different from any we’ve been through. Every word you say is recorded.”

[Image: this morning’s Argus Leader, Newseum]

U.K. staff dramatizes today’s walkout in costume

May 22, 2008

Gannett employees in York, England, pose in Edwardian costume to call attention to a five-day walkout workers began there today. The National Union of Journalists has accused U.K. subsidiary Newsquest of too-low wage offers during contract talks.

“We are particularly keen to honour those heroes who took part in the NUJ’s first ever strike — at the York Herald in 1911 — over Dickensian conditions that saw them working 16 hours a day, seven days a week,” staffers say today on their lively and entertaining strike blog. They’ve also published video of editor Richard Foster, performing a folk song to mark the strike by NUJ journalists at The Press and the Gazette & Herald:

Cutlines Only: The Indianapolis Star

May 16, 2008

Updated at 4:11 p.m. PT: A reader says in a comment that the companywide rollout of the new video publishing platform I wrote about earlier, below, has been delayed. My question: Why?

Earlier: Eli Lilly and Co. workers paint a possibly record-breaking half-mile mural yesterday, The Indianapolis Star says today. The pharmaceutical giant is based in Indianapolis, where it’s a major employer. Photo by Danese Kenon, Star, via Newseum.

The Star also offers video of the event — part of Gannett’s rollout across the company of a new video publishing platform. With that change, bloggers and other online publishers can embed GCI video — as I’ve done, below. That’s a technology tool I’ve wanted the company to add to its arsenal. It extends the reach of both video and individual papers, boosting revenue potential from any “pre-roll” paid advertisements appearing with them.


Couple thoughts: Why doesn’t the Star‘s name appear anywhere? (Sheesh: Lilly sure worked its name in, over and over!) What about a byline? And: So annoying! How come the player starts the moment this page loads; why doesn’t it allow us to hit the “play” button first?

Got a video worth embedding? Please leave a note, in the comments section, below. Or use this link to e-mail your reply; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

Cuban: Why online video won’t draw big revenue

May 14, 2008

As Gannett Blog readers debate the value of online video, technology entrepreneur, Dancing with the Stars alumnus(!) and all-around feisty blogger Mark Cuban (left) notes new research by analyst Craig Moffett of Sanford J. Bernstein, showing once more that consumers won’t pay for news. “Five years into the video-over-the-Internet revolution,” Cuban wrote earlier this month, “we have learned two things. First: Consumers won’t pay for content on the web, so it will have to be ad supported. And second: It won’t be ad supported.” Here’s why.

[Hat tip, to a reader, for this idea; photo, Fortune magazine]

Readers debate video: It’s the future! It sucks!

May 11, 2008

Regarding The Honolulu Advertiser‘s we-won’t-make-videos strike, Gannett Blog readers say the story-telling format’s potential is:

  • Good. “Pity the poor stuck-in-the-past reporters who don’t understand the future of the news industry. Print newspapers are dying faster than anybody ever dreamed they would. The only future journalists can envision is a digital one, and that mandates video.”
  • Bad. “Pity the poor people . . . who believe video is going to magically save the business. It isn’t happening. It isn’t going to happen, especially when video sucks as bad as it does at all the Gannett products. Advertisers aren’t gonna pay for it and keep paying for it.”
Now, it’s your turn: Join the debate, in the original post.