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#Podcast: A look at the different ways news sites use live video

March 1st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Podcast

News outlets are often looking at new and interesting ways to use video to tell stories online, and live video offers news sites a great opportunity to offer audiences different live experiences of the news agenda, from as-it-happens coverage at the heart of the story, to live video discussions in a news studio environment.

In this week’s podcast we look at some of the different ways news outlets – including the Telegraph, Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post – use live video on digital platforms and some of the benefits they enjoy as a result.

In order of appearance, the podcast hears from:

  • Jonas Vig, co-founder and chief executive, Bambuser
  • Nick Martin, news correspondent, Sky News
  • James Weeks, head of video, Telegraph Media Group
  • Sue Brooks, director of transformation, Associated Press
  • Andy Regal, executive producer, Wall Street Journal Digital Video Network
  • Roy Sekoff, president/co-creator, HuffPost Live
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#Tip of the day for journalists: Video interview skills

February 13th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Broadcasting, Top tips for journalists
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On Poynter Casey Frechette offers some useful pointers on carrying out video interviews, from planning through to filming.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Radio journalism pointers from a Wannabe Hack

September 28th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Top tips for journalists

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On the Wannabe Hacks website Jenni Graham offers some advice for other student journalists thinking about gaining experience in radio journalism, based on her own experiences. Her pointers include tips on getting involved with student radio stations as well as making contacts and gaining experience in the industry.

See the full post here.

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#Tip of the day from – hosting Google+ Hangouts On Air

A number of news outlets have started experimenting with using Google+ Hangouts to interact with readers, such as by hosting interviews or holding open editorial meetings.

Mashable has collected together some advice on engaging a community using Google+ Hangouts On Air, which allows Hangouts to be broadcast live.

See the full post on Mashable.

You can also find some pointers and inspiration on using Google+ Hangout in the reports below:

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MSN UK study release: Quarter of respondents ‘overwhelmed by the volume of news each day’

MSN UK recently commissioned a survey of 2,000 people (carried out by OnePoll) which looks at audience behaviour in certain news situations, as part of its Best of Now marketing campaign.

The findings including looking at the sources people turn to for breaking news coverage. This found that the majority (40 per cent) of respondents (who were able to select more than one answer), chose online news sites as their source. This was followed by newspapers with 30 per cent and social media with 20 per cent of respondents.

The survey also asked what news sources were most trusted by respondents, which saw broadcast television and radio come top with 43 per cent, followed by online news sites with 19 per cent, newspapers with 15 per cent and magazines with 9.1 per cent. Social networks were named as most trusted by just under five per cent.

A quarter of respondents highlighted in the survey that they can be “overwhelmed by the volume of news each day and demand quality, not quantity”, according to a press release. And when it comes to time spent consuming news, with the survey finding that on average 10 years ago respondents felt they would spend around 10 minutes a day consuming news, compared to an average of 15 minutes today.

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#GEN2012 – Dos and don’ts of connected TV strategy for publishers

June 1st, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Multimedia

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The connected TV audience “wants to be multitasked”, editors were told at the News World Summit in Paris today, as part of a session looking at four screen (and more) strategy.

Users do “not want to wait 12 hours” to discuss programming “at the water cooler”, head of digital strategy at France Televisions Bruno Patino said. Instead they want to do it “live on social networks”.

Patino called it “the social couch”, a “very rich and augmented TV experience.” which enables users to share their experience and not be “limited by same place or same time”.

So what should broadcasters be offering these audiences? Patino shared a list of dos and don’ts with delegates:


  • Don’t try to maintain the system closed – you won’t be master of the TV set anymore
  • Don’t try to limit the user experience
  • Don’t believe your content will rule the users’ experience


  • Always distribute – wherever you can. A new path is a new chance for your programme to be seen, don’t think exclusivity, think ubiquity
  • Engage the audience at every level including creation
  • Be xenophilic
  • Be pragmatic
  • Try, experiment
  • Talk about the whole universe
  • Try gamification
  • Promote connections
  • Test technologies
  • Put the user at the centre

Also speaking on the topic of four screen strategy, the BBC’s general manager of news and knowledge Phil Fearnley shared his own recommendations:

  • Work on standard and scalable solutions
  • Consider apps and browsers, not apps v browser
  • Simple design – quality content
  • The importance of live

At the BBC, he added, the importance of live is the “absolute focus”, as opposed to “trying to deliver all functionality” possible. That is “not going to work”, he said.

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Media release: records 15m unique users across Europe in first quarter

May 22nd, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism, Traffic

In a press release issued yesterday the BBC announced the latest traffic statistics for, which was said to have recorded 15 million unique users across Europe in the first quarter of the year.

Figures relating to accessing BBC news on mobile devices were also reported, with visits of “around 8.5 million users” across the world visiting the BBC News websites and apps on mobiles or tablets “in an average month”.

See the full release.

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Norwich Evening News: An interview with departing head of BBC East Tim Bishop

April 16th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Journalism

Tim Bishop, head of region for BBC East, has spoken about his decision to leave the BBC for his new role as chief executive of the Forum Trust in Norwich.

Bishop, who will take up his new position in June, told Emma Knights at Norwich Evening News:

I feel as I leave the BBC it is in a really good place in lots of ways. Radio Norfolk has now got more local born and bred presenters than it has ever had and it is resolutely and robustly about Norfolk life.

People are very keen to knock the BBC but we would all really miss if it went. I still love it – I see its faults as well but there’s something about it.

A world without the BBC would be a lot poorer.

Bishop has been at the helm of BBC East for ten years. The broadcast region incorporates Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Bishop was previously editor of Radio Norfolk and later, editor of Look East.

The full interview can be found here.

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Al Jazeera to broadcast Syria documentary filmed entirely on iPhone

In an interesting development for mobile journalism, Al Jazeera is due to broadcast a documentary tomorrow night (Wednesday, 14 March) on Syria which has been filmed by a journalist using just an iPhone due to safety concerns.

According to a press release, the film, called ‘Syria: Songs of Defiance‘, “follows the journalist, who is not named to protect the people he spoke to, on a journey amongst the uprising in Syria”.

At the start of the documentary, the release adds, the correspondent for Al Jazeera will be heard saying:

I can’t tell you my name. I’ve spent many months secretly in Syria for Al Jazeera.

I cannot show my face and my voice is disguised to conceal my identity, because I don’t want to endanger my contacts in Syria.

Because carrying a camera would be risky, I took my cell phone with me as I moved around the country and captured images from the uprising that have so far remained unseen.

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#Tip of the day from – improving your video journalism skills

On Poynter Casey Frechette has compiled advice for journalists on becoming “better video storytellers”, outlined in nine “key elements”. These include considering how to demonstrate emotions, looking for opportunities to show movement and using the best shot types.

Read the full post here.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

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