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City University
London
Neil Thurman & Ben Lupton
International Symposium on Online Journalism: UT Austin April 5 2008International Symposium on Online Journalism: UT Austin April 5 2008
The University for Business & the Professions
1
Convergence calls:
Multimedia story telling at British NewsMultimedia story telling at British News
WebsitesWebsites
City University
London
The University for Business & the Professions
““The emphasis online is shifting from text only to textThe emphasis online is shifting from text only to text
with video.”with video.”
Rupert Murdoch, speech to American Society of Editors,Rupert Murdoch, speech to American Society of Editors,
20052005
“As an industry, many of us
have been remarkably,
unaccountably, complacent.”
2
City University
London
The University for Business & the Professions
““an overhaul of all its regional newspaperan overhaul of all its regional newspaper
websites...greater emphasis on multimedia”websites...greater emphasis on multimedia”
““a true multimedia experience for our users”a true multimedia experience for our users”
“‘“‘news on demand’ video service”news on demand’ video service”
““serious investment in its own team”serious investment in its own team”
3
The response:
City University
London
The University for Business & the Professions
“The printed newspaper is in crises but of
course it has a future. Multimedia has to be
an answer.”
Bill Hagerty, Editor of the ‘British Journalism Review’, 2006
4
City University
London
The University for Business & the Professions
UK’s Online Video Market - June 2007
5
City University
London
The University for Business & the Professions
Steve Bennedik Editor, Sky News Networked Media
Pete Clifton Head of BBC News Interactive
Steve Herrmann Editor, BBC News Interactive
Neil McIntosh
Head of Editorial Development,
Guardian.co..uk
James Montgomery Editor, FT.com
Steve Purcell Editor, Mirror.co.uk
Ed Roussel Digital Editor, Telegraph Media Group
Anne Spackman Editor, Times Online
Marc Webber Assistant Editor, News, The Sun Online
Interviewees: Interviews conducted in June/July 2007
6

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Thurman lupton

  • 1. City University London Neil Thurman & Ben Lupton International Symposium on Online Journalism: UT Austin April 5 2008International Symposium on Online Journalism: UT Austin April 5 2008 The University for Business & the Professions 1 Convergence calls: Multimedia story telling at British NewsMultimedia story telling at British News WebsitesWebsites
  • 2. City University London The University for Business & the Professions ““The emphasis online is shifting from text only to textThe emphasis online is shifting from text only to text with video.”with video.” Rupert Murdoch, speech to American Society of Editors,Rupert Murdoch, speech to American Society of Editors, 20052005 “As an industry, many of us have been remarkably, unaccountably, complacent.” 2
  • 3. City University London The University for Business & the Professions ““an overhaul of all its regional newspaperan overhaul of all its regional newspaper websites...greater emphasis on multimedia”websites...greater emphasis on multimedia” ““a true multimedia experience for our users”a true multimedia experience for our users” “‘“‘news on demand’ video service”news on demand’ video service” ““serious investment in its own team”serious investment in its own team” 3 The response:
  • 4. City University London The University for Business & the Professions “The printed newspaper is in crises but of course it has a future. Multimedia has to be an answer.” Bill Hagerty, Editor of the ‘British Journalism Review’, 2006 4
  • 5. City University London The University for Business & the Professions UK’s Online Video Market - June 2007 5
  • 6. City University London The University for Business & the Professions Steve Bennedik Editor, Sky News Networked Media Pete Clifton Head of BBC News Interactive Steve Herrmann Editor, BBC News Interactive Neil McIntosh Head of Editorial Development, Guardian.co..uk James Montgomery Editor, FT.com Steve Purcell Editor, Mirror.co.uk Ed Roussel Digital Editor, Telegraph Media Group Anne Spackman Editor, Times Online Marc Webber Assistant Editor, News, The Sun Online Interviewees: Interviews conducted in June/July 2007 6
  • 7. City University London The University for Business & the Professions Online video an opportunity for newspapers: “They are the ones that break stories in the main...they are not weighed down by the baggage” of broadcast media. Steve Purcell, Editor, Mirror.co.uk “The cost of production in television is sky high when anybody can produce video for the Net. Will what we do be as good? Probably not. Does it need to be? No.” Ed Roussel, Digital Editor, Telegraph Media Group 7
  • 8. City University London The University for Business & the Professions “People from [BBC] TV news and news gathering who don’t really get what we’re doing.” Pete Clifton, Head of BBC News Interactive e’ve cut up television news and stuck them on web stories.” Steve Herrmann, Editor, BBC News Interactive “Far too often, it’s not performed a very useful function at all.” Pete Clifton, Head of BBC News Interactive 8
  • 9. City University London The University for Business & the Professions ““the bloke with the immaculate hair”the bloke with the immaculate hair” Pete Clifton,Pete Clifton, Head of BBC News Interactive 9
  • 10. City University London The University for Business & the Professions BBC Embedded Flash Video Trial (Hits per 100 visitors) 10 Stand-alone Embedded
  • 11. City University London The University for Business & the Professions “It had set the standard...created the expectation that watching video on the web was going to be that quick, that simple.” Steve Herrmann, Editor, BBC News Interactive 11
  • 12. City University London The University for Business & the Professions “Video shouldn’t live outside or separately from the rest of what [they] do...That’s absolutely the key thing for us - how do we embed the stuff? It’s primary home has to be the story.” Neil McIntosh, Head of Editorial Development, Guardian.co.uk 12
  • 13. City University London The University for Business & the Professions “They’ll probably end up doing everything really badly.” Pete Clifton,Pete Clifton, Head of BBC News Interactive “This is not robo journo, this is not us trying to get journalists to have a pen in one hand and a camera in the other...they are distinctive disciplines.” Marc Webber, Assistant Editor, News, Sun Online “I don’t think [print and multimedia] are necessarily a complementary set of skills.” Neil McIntosh, Head of Editorial Development, Guardian.co.uk 13
  • 14. City University London The University for Business & the Professions 14 “dramatic to the quirky” “showbiz froth” “primarily visual” “lightweight stories”
  • 15. City University London The University for Business & the Professions ““when the bloke smashed up the [$1.5 million] vintage Ferrari”when the bloke smashed up the [$1.5 million] vintage Ferrari” Pete Clifton, Head of BBC News Interactive “Convergence means less process stories, investigative reporting, international news, and in depth coverage.” Ben Scott, “A Contemporary History of Journalism”, 2005 15
  • 16. City University London The University for Business & the Professions technology ““We’re giving people what they want but hopefully we’re alsoWe’re giving people what they want but hopefully we’re also leading them into a whole new world of consumption.”leading them into a whole new world of consumption.” Steve Bennedik, Editor, Sky News Networked Media 16
  • 17. City University London The University for Business & the Professions 17 ‘1.3 million unique users a week’ http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/feb/20/bbc.digitalmedia1
  • 18. City University London The University for Business & the Professions “a dilution in story choice as multimedia newsrooms cover fewer and fewer stories.” Ben Scott, “A Contemporary History of Journalism”, 2005 Third Party Providers: 18
  • 19. City University London The University for Business & the Professions Video: Partnerships VS In House Mirror.co.uk & ROO Group: “A bloody mess...relying on American led content.” Steve Purcell, Editor, Mirror.co.uk Sun Online & Press Association: “Contract will kick the bucket.” Marc Webber, Assistant Editor, News, Sun Online ““Specialist video is a unique selling point for newspapers.”Specialist video is a unique selling point for newspapers.” James Montgomery, Editor, FT.com ““We’ll produce original pieces of video journalism built fromWe’ll produce original pieces of video journalism built from the ground up.”the ground up.” Neil McIntosh, Head of Editorial Development, Guardian.co.uk 19
  • 20. City University London The University for Business & the Professions ““We want to bring the right kind of video through to the website.”We want to bring the right kind of video through to the website.” Pete Clifton, Head of BBC News Interactive 20
  • 21. City University London The University for Business & the Professions ‘Video use is now central to online publishing’ Press Gazette, 22/10/07 “The vast majority of our audience comes for text.” “Video was not the first point of contact.” “In five years, text will probably be more dominant.” James Montgomery, Editor, FT.com Steve Herrmann, Editor, BBC News Interactive Anne Spackman, Editor, Times Online 21
  • 22. City University London The University for Business & the Professions “We have unique content to differentiate ourselves in a world where news is becoming increasingly commoditized.” “We have to refashion what our web presence is. It can’t be what it too often is today: a bland repurposing of our print content. Instead it will need to offer compelling and relevant content. Deep, deep local news.” Rupert Murdoch, speech to American Society of Editors, 2005 22