Convergence

CNN partners with NYTimes, Boston Globe

Convergence
CNN has partnered with The New York Times and The Boston Globe to put the newspapers' reporters available to report on-air -- with the newspapers' mastheads visible -- for stories on the Iraq conflict. "This would be sort of a dream team in the sense that you have two serious, widely respected, world-renowned news organizations that will provide, I think, unrivaled coverage of this conflict," Eason Jordan, CNN's chief news executive, said in a statement. MSNBC has similar arrangements in place with The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.

ABC to Broadcast 24-hour Web News

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For years ABC has been wanting to get into the 24-hour news broadcasting game, toying both with partnering with CNN and with starting a stand-alone 24-hour Internet broadcast to compete with the cable news networks. Now that the CNN partnership idea is dead, ABC has launched a new service called "ABC News Live" that will only be available to subscribers of ABC News on Demand (which costs $4.95 a month) or RealNetworks's RealOne SuperPass (which costs $9.95 month and includes CNN video). The site will be a mix of press conference broadcasts, headlines and replays of ABC News shows. Perhaps most interesting, the service will let viewers use a "virtual control room" to watch feeds and headlines from four screens simultaneously. "At a time when more people are getting their news online during ...

20 tips to improve newsroom integration

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Here are tips on how to enhance working relationships between online and print newsrooms, summarized from the CONNECTIONS session, "The NEW News Team," by moderator Bill Mitchell, online editor of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., with the help of panelists Fred Mann, general manager of Philly.com, Kris Hey, senior producer for news at OrlandoSentinel.com, and Mark Swendra, digital media director of the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News' SavannahNow. (more…)

Projo.com on The Station Fire

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The Providence Journal's Web site has done such a good job covering the fatal fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island that it's hard to know what to single out. In addition to continually updating the site with staff-written stories on the latest developments from the moment the news first broke early Friday morning, the site has published a slew of impressive online-only features, including: A first-person account from a survivor searching for his mystery savior; an online memorial for readers to post condolences for the fire victims; five flash slide shows and video from a partner TV site; useful information such as victim and memorial details; and much, much more. As a public service, the site has not only been running a Weblog of online reaction to the fire by staff blogger Sheil...

Building Databases of Sources

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Under a new program through the Associated Press Managing Editors' (APME) National Credibility Roundtables, dozens of papers are compiling e-mail addresses of readers and sources that can be used for any number of stories and opinion reports. The 17,617-circulation Norfolk Daily News, for example, so far has 150 names and addresses in a database of people agreed to respond to e-mail inquiries at a moment's notice. Ken Sands, managing editor for online and new media at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., instituted the idea at his paper in 1997 and has been training editors at many papers involved in the APME program. Sands says APME hopes to build the effort into a national database that newspapers can share. "There could be a national story written about an issue with comments from 5...

Mystery at Little Elk, Startribune.com

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Most Innovative Use of Digital Media, Features/Enterprise, Circulation more than 250,000, Digital Edge Awards 2001. Judges wrote, "This site, developed for children and their families, cleverly unearths the history of a plot of land on the Mississippi River where American Indians, French fur traders, explorers and lumbermen lived for hundreds of years. Judges saluted the fine teamwork between the print and online groups and praised their ability to weave text, audio, video and animations into a compelling package."

PBS.org: Moyers on Dying

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"End-of-life" tools and more, based on a PBS program with Bill Moyers. Winner, Service Journalism: Affiliated, Online Journalism Awards 2001. The judges said: This package, based on a Bill Moyers special TV report, did more than just repurpose a TV show. It became the center of a strong community project tied to the show. The judges said they found the guide for doctors on how to understand and handle diversity especially compelling. Said one judge: "They pulled it off like nobody else could."