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Poynter: How to set up Newsbeat, real-time analytics tool for news sites

Poynter has a handy eight-step guide for anyone wanting to test out Newsbeat, a recently launched real-time analytics tool specifically for news sites.

It comes with a hefty monthly price tag but there is a free trial on offer.

One of the advantages of Newsbeat, over free tools such as Google Analytics, is the ability to customise it for various members of the team, as Poynter’s post explains:

For example, managing editors can use it to see analytics for an entire site, section editors can personalise it to see analytics for the sections they edit, and reporters can use it to see analytics for their own stories. You can navigate through the tool to see smaller or bigger pictures of what’s going on within the site.

It also sends alerts when something unusual happens.

Newsbeat by default will send email alerts when traffic spikes above average, a page goes down or something else out of the ordinary happens.

But you can also set-up customized email or SMS (i.e. text) alerts that let you know whether people are reading or commenting on an article more than usual, or if a page is having problems loading.

The full Poynter ‘how to’ guide is at this link.

Radio 1 launches Newsbeat website

Radio 1’s Newsbeat has launched a new website with a focus on music and entertainment news.

The site, says Rod McKenzie, editor of Newsbeat and 1Xtra news, ‘will not replicate other BBC news websites’ and will be strong on video and picture content.

“It’s all about visualising our journalism… It’s not about radio anymore, it’s about relevant content being available in lots of different ways (web, mobiles etc) and at last we have the tools for the job,” McKenzie writes on the BBC Editor’s Blog.

BBC Editors: Newsbeat gets website revamp

BBC Radio One’s Newsbeat programme has gone all interactive with the overhaul of its website.

“We’re not trying to replicate other BBC news websites: there is more emphasis on music news,” said editor Rod McKenzie on the BBC Editor’s blog.

“It’s all about visualising our journalism,” he adds. Plenty of vids and pics then.