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Press agency Deadline reaps online rewards

“The simple fact was that we had no need of a website. It would have cost thousands of pounds to produce and wouldn’t have made an iota of difference to our business supplying the daily newspapers,” said Scott Douglas, founder of Deadline Press & Picture Agency.

But since setting up a YouTube channel for the agency’s video content and launching a WordPress blog featuring articles in May, Deadline’s online content has shown strong traffic growth.

The site made it into WordPress’ list of the 100 fastest growing blog sites on the platform at 94.

The blog has recorded 21,743 page impressions across 117 posts, while Deadline News TV has attracted 40,221 views for 40 videos as of August 5.

The agency has implemented a solution, harnessing the power of third-party websites, which is low cost, but high impact

“Our blog site immediately plugged a gap by allowing us to showcase our work every day – and reach an audience who may not otherwise see it. Our journalists and photographers still put in the old fashioned legwork to get pictures and stories. It can be frustrating when those are not picked up by the daily newspapers,” said Lauren Crooks, news editor with Deadline.

“Now we can ensure our stories, pictures and video reports will always find an audience.”

Who’s a pretty boy then?

Oliver Luft profile picture Our very own news editor, Oliver Luft, has received glowing praise this week. According to the hot hack blog, Mr Luft is officially a ‘hottie’ in the world of journalism.

“He’s got some bad-boy stubble going on and looks like he could handle himself in a fight if your purse was stolen while he was walking you home.”

Time to update the CV.

News videos as ringtones?

What’s the best way for news providers to go mobile – WAP portals, Java apps, bar codes if you’re The Sun?

Not so for Agence France-Presse, which is taking a very different approach and making news footage available as video ringtones. The clips can be downloaded from the website of video ringtone service Vringo.

In a press statement, Gilles Tarot, marketing and sales director of AFP North America said the video ringtones are ‘one of the newest and most personal ways of sharing information’.

Here’s a sample clip of what it might look (and sound) like. Wouldn’t it be better with the news commentary too though?

UPDATE: [News editor’s note] Sounds like awful idea to me.

Update of Update – having watched the example clip I’m even more convinced of it.