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Gross

ISOJ 2008

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  1. 1. Reshaping the newsroom
  2. 2. Measuring impact online
  3. 3. Reshaping the newsroom
  4. 4. Aims of Herald’s reorganization •Serve all fronts – from print to radio to online •Create 24-hour news operation •Improve and speed up decision making •Shape desks to handle crafts across all platforms •Enable exchange and contributions from readers •Bring more energy, liveliness, creativity to our work
  5. 5. Continuous News desk • The brain of the newsroom; moves decisions from editors offices to center of room • Led by a duty officer (a revolving role of dept. heads, desk leaders,managing editors) • Includes representatives of all key desks • Directs news coverage, leads newspaper planning, prepares for tomorrow
  6. 6. Creating a 24-hour newsroom
  7. 7. Improving online speed and quality • Vastly increasing the pace and quality of updating • Creating distinct online editions based on key traffic points • 6:30, 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. • 2:30 p.m., close of the day • Rewriting best stories for morning editions • Recirculating good stories during slow stretches • Develop separate approach for weekend stories
  8. 8. Measuring impact of new elements • Steady, dramatic climb in online readers – MiamiHerald.com passes 4 million unique visitors per month – ElHerald.com reaches about 500,000 visitors per month
  9. 9. Unique Visitors Over the Year 0 500,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 2,000,000 2,500,000 3,000,000 3,500,000 4,000,000 4,500,000 5,000,000 1 March April May June July August Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
  10. 10. Measuring impact of new elements • Steady, dramatic climb in online readers – MiamiHerald.com passes 4 million unique visitors per month – ElHerald.com reaches about 500,000 visitors per month • Seizing moments of big news – Sean Taylor case hits record 1.7 unique users 11/27/07 – Dolphin sale hits 1.5 unique users 12/18/07 – Bill Parcells hiring hits 1.4 million 12/19/07
  11. 11. Peak Visit Totals since March
  12. 12. Measuring impact of new elements • Steady, dramatic climb in online readers – MiamiHerald.com passes 4 million unique visitors per month – ElHerald.com reaches about 500,000 visitors per month • Seizing moments of big news – Sean Taylor case hits record 1.7 unique users 11/27/07 – Dolphin sale hits 1.5 unique users 12/18/07 – Bill Parcells hiring hits 1.4 million 12/19/07 • Seeing strong results of specialized content – Political Currents goes from zero to 350,000 visits per month
  13. 13. Measuring impact of new elements • Steady, dramatic climb in online readers – MiamiHerald.com passes 4 million unique visitors per month – ElHerald.com reaches about 500,000 visitors per month • Seizing moments of big news – Sean Taylor case hits record 1.7 unique users 11/27/07 – Dolphin sale hits 1.5 unique users 12/18/07 – Bill Parcells hiring hits 1.4 million 12/19/07 • Seeing strong results of specialized content – Political Currents goes from zero to 350,000 visits per month – Story comment reached nearly 500,000 last month – Miami.com launches in beta form with goal of 200,000 per month
  14. 14. In 2008 we will…In 2008 we will…

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