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Hyperlocal aggregator Everyblock launches new widget

Hyperlocal news and information aggregator Everyblock has launched a new location-based widget targeted at local newspaper websites and blogs.

The widget allows third party sites to embed Everyblock’s news and information feeds for specific areas on their own sites.

Posting on the Everyblock blog, co-founder Daniel X. O’Neil, said: “Until today, we’ve had no official way to share content with other sites or to partner with news outlets in the cities we cover.”

The site was created by Adrian Holovaty in 2008 as a hyperlocal news resource for neighbourhoods in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. It has since expanded to 16 US cities and was bought by MSNBC in August 2009.

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Huffington Post: MSNBC suspends its ‘inappropriate’ tweeter for filming CNN pilot

MSNBC has “indefinitely” suspended its news anchor David Shuster for filming a new pilot for CNN, Huffington Post (and others) report.

Schuster had also got into trouble for a tweet sent to the conservative activist James O’Keefe in January; it was deemed “inappropriate” by the channel, adds HuffPo.

Full post at this link…

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Poynter: narrative slideshow garners 78m page views

After researching the strange story of a very wealthy, elderly American heiress,  veteran investigative reporter Bill Dedman decided to experiment with the presentation of his article. Rather than turn in a few thousand words of copy as usual, Dedman put together almost 50 photographs in a slideshow and accompanied them with captions.

The result, The Clarks: an American story of wealth, scandal and mystery, is not groundbreaking in its approach to storytelling, but the response to the story is testament to the power of visual reportage.

Dedman reported that he received 500 emails from readers about the story, more than he’s received about any other in his career, and it has had around 78 million page views, more than any other story on

Poynter’s Steve Myers has an interview with Dedman on the story at this link…

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Journalism Daily: launch, MSNBC and EveryBlock, Bauer Radio’s new deal

August 18th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism Daily

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CNET: Traffic surge to news sites as web holds (just) for Jackson memorial

CNET has a great overview of the traffic surge to news sites caused by coverage of Michael Jackson’s memorial last night.

According to the report, Ustream, which provided livestreaming of the event in partnership with CBS, said it was the largest ever event hosted on the service with 4.6 million streams and 12,000 messages posted every minute to the chatrooms surrounding the streams.

[Also see Lost Remote’s post on’s aggregation of tweets around its livestream]

Figures from web usage monitoring company Gomez International suggest news sites were less available, because of the slowdown caused by video streaming, with some taking nearly triple the time to load pages.

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MySpace launches cit-j project uReport

April 22nd, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Citizen journalism

You’d be forgiven for confusing it with CNN’s iReport, similar name, similar project – US broadcaster Fox has expanded its citizen journalism initiative, uReport, onto MySpace [though can’t seem to find a working link yet].

According to a press release announcing the launch:

“Members of the MySpace uReport community can become ‘uReporters’ by uploading video and photos tagged by specific news categories, including USA, World, Entertainment and Politics. This content could be featured in relevant programming on FOX News Channel and, with FOX News maintaining editorial control of the MySpace page.”

The social network has already dabbled in some user-generated news coverage, having teamed up with MSNBC for US election coverage.

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Editor&Publisher: Video of E&P editor on MSNBC

March 9th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Online Journalism

The Editor&Publisher’s editor Greg Mitchell was interviewed by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC ‘about current newspaper cutbacks and woes, new media, hopes for pay-for-play on the web, and his new book on the 2008 campaign, Why Obama Won’ …

Full post at this link…

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MSNBC on hyperlocal plans for interactive coverage of US election voting results

October 29th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia has plans for interactive coverage of voting results on a hyperlocal level, Charlie Tillinghast, president and publisher told Beet TV in this interview.

  • Visitors to the site’s map will be able to click on states and counties to find results on national and local races.
  • will stream live events, on air coverage by the network and NBC affiliates.
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New York Times expands video online

October 24th, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Newspapers has developed a new video player to allow clips to be embedded in more sections of the site.

The player, which uses technology from Brightcove, will make video available on the homepage, individual article pages and on the site’s blogs, a release from the title said. The player also lets users send footage to social networks and bookmarking sites, including Digg, Facebook and LinkedIn.

As part of a video overhaul, the Times’ video library has been redesigned and a regularly updated list of ‘most viewed’ clips now features on the site.

“Demand for high-quality video is on the rise across the web from both our users and our advertisers,” said Nicholas Ascheim, vice president of product management for, in the release.

“To meet this need, we have upgraded our technology, increased our production values and given video even more prominence across the site.”

According to the release, the Times produces 100 videos a month, while also featuring content from Reuters, CNBC, MSNBC and

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Media Week: gives ‘predator’ reporter his own website

September 19th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick have launched a website for their ‘predator’ reporter, Chris Hansen. The site features video and text coverage to go alongside investigative stories featured on his show, Dateline.

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