Why Newspapers Should Go Online


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The presentation I presented to the Republica to begin working on a news website.

Why Newspapers Should Go Online

  2. 2. Journalism is not about print and ink, its all about BREAKING NEWS .
  3. 3. Why Online? <ul><li>The facts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>600,000 web users in Nepal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lot of Non-Resident Nepalis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Future. Isn’t it? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Possibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unlimited Space / no deadline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convergence of mediums (text, audio, video, pictures, animations, graphs and more) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive (more participation of users) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User generated content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And, most importantly, it complements print edition </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The News Portal <ul><li>Features </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy navigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Categorized content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Category sub-domain (sports.domain.com) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo gallery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos and podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Category polls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archive (web and print) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Basic Design
  6. 7. News Update <ul><li>Major updates at 10 AM, 4 PM & 8 PM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every major updates will AT LEAST change five main news, main photo, and the featured video </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Minor updates all day round </li></ul><ul><li>Updates of following regularly if possible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forex </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share Markets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports Events </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Interactive Site <ul><li>Users can comment on any news </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All comments are moderated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments without substantial material will not be published </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Write to use/Feedback page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anybody can submit news, opinion, letter to editor, photo, video and non-publishing feedback (for both web and print) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Citizen Report page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List of 10 recently updated blogs from submitted blogs by Nepali citizens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News, views, opinion, photos and videos submitted by users </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Categorized Content <ul><li>Front page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Latest news from each category </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 with excerpts and two/three headlines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Sub domain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each category will have a sub domain like sports.domain.com or business.domain.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each subcategory will have different but easy URL like sports.domain.com/cricket </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Category page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unique polls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Latest news and multimedia of the category </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Photo Gallery <ul><li>Exclusive photo gallery </li></ul><ul><li>Main 5 photo on top slideshow </li></ul><ul><li>Most viewed photos (one row) </li></ul><ul><li>Recently added photos (two row) </li></ul>
  10. 11. Blogs <ul><li>Blogs for all </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One each for editor and assistant editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One official newspaper blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One each for bureau (sports, business, entertainment etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reporter’s Diary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo blog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At least two updates every week </li></ul><ul><li>Also, one internal blog for the staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not viewable outside the office </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Videos & Podcasts <ul><li>Video on FLV format (same as YouTube.com) </li></ul><ul><li>Video can be either uploaded to YouTube.com or our own server </li></ul><ul><li>Audio is streaming, in MP3 format </li></ul><ul><li>Our own server or podcast servers </li></ul><ul><li>Online television ? </li></ul><ul><li>Online radio ? </li></ul>
  12. 13. Archive <ul><li>Two Archive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Archive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Date selection will enlist all news and multimedia uploaded on that day divided by category </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Print Archive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Date selection will enlist all news of the day published in print edition divided by page </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If possible, in the format of the newspaper (clicking on each news item opens it in readable format) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 14. The Backend <ul><li>Levels for users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reporter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can upload news, photos or videos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can edit news, photo or videos s/he uploaded until it gets through copy-editing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can edit news, photos or videos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can change the category/sub-category of the news </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Admin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can publish news, change polls, designs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can chose featured news, multimedia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can create reporters and editors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Controls the way the site is displayed for the audience </li></ul></ul></ul>