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Friday, June 18, 2004

What Online Newspapers Can Learn And Adopt From The Bloggers Universe

Barry Parr well summarizes in a clear and well-written five-part series entitled "Why Can't a Newspaper Be More Like a Blog?" what is that newspapers really miss while trying to catch-up and find a sustainable path in their online ventures. "News sites have been wringing their hands about whether blogging is journalism and whether newspapers should let their reporters blog. They're missing the most important points about blogging:

1) RSS feeds put your headlines on readers' desktops, especially the most influential 1% of Web users -- the people who can drive traffic to your site. Don't worry that you can't control it or measure it. Trust people to find you.

2) Comments let your reader participate directly in the reporting process, amplifying, correcting, and just blowing off steam. Letters to the editor and separate bulletin boards now seem absurd.

3) Archives should no longer be in a separate database. Your Web site should be your archives, which should be free and open to anyone who wants to read or link to your news. Why shouldn't readers be able to search your archives using Google? Think before you answer that question.

4) Trackback points to people who point to you, creating context for every news story you publish, and giving back traffic to people who are pointing their readers to you.

5) Your community should be the focus of your site. And you should be integrating your site with bloggers and other sites in your community.

6) Blogs have changed the way people use use the Web and the way they create Web sites. The online news industry has the most to learn and the most to gain from thinking like bloggers. Whether news sites blog, or whether they accept blogging as journalism is immaterial."

I couldn't agree more. Here are the links to each part of his valuable series:
Part I: RSS
Part II: Comments
Part III: Archives with permanent URLs
Part IV: Trackback
Part V: Community and karma
Highly recommended.



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Reference: Media Savvy [ Read more ]
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posted by Robin Good on Friday, June 18 2004, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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