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New look for IPC’s Look magazine

IPC Media has launched a website for its fashion title Look – its first magazine site designed out of house.

The new site, launched last week, offers fashion and beauty news alongside an online shopping facility.

The design will aim to capitalise on the 77 per cent of the magazine’s readers, which research suggested, access the web every day, a press release from the publisher said.

The site will be headed by online editor Jayne Cherrington-Cook, who has previously worked with Yahoo and AOL.

Washington Examiner appoints ex-Townhall.com managing editor Mary Katharine Ham

The Washington Examiner has named Mary Katharine Ham as online editor for the paper’s soon-to-be launched website – dcexaminer.com.

Ham, who will take up the new post on June 10, joins the Examiner from online political community Townhall.com, where she was managing editor.

“Her [Ham’s] hiring demonstrates again our commitment to building a great news and information company that excels in three channels, including newspapers, online and video,” Vivienne Sosnowski, editorial director of Clarity Media, which publishes the Examiner, said on the site.

Nashua Telegraph video of Clinton aide arrest is in public interest, says online editor

The Nashua Telegraph‘s decision to publish a 15-minute video of Sidney Blumenthal, aide to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, while he was in police custody has been criticised by media commentator Roy Greenslade.

Writing on his blog, the former editor of The Daily Mirror said the video was ’embarrassing, humiliating and overly intrusive’.

“To show the footage of a person undergoing ritual humiliation while in police custody is a disgraceful act. It serves no public interest whatsoever,” he wrote.

Damon Kiesow, managing editor and online editor of the Telegraph, told Journalism.co.uk that the decision to publish the video was ‘typical practice’:

“During the course of our coverage we have published booking photos, police records and court documents related to the case. This is typical practice for us. In fact the story with the video also included a PDF containing nine pages of records including the sentencing document.”

Far from seeking to ‘humiliate’ Blumenthal, Kiesow said the paper – and other US media – had previously been accused of covering up his arrest by not reporting it immediately to protect Clinton’s election campaign.

“The Telegraph has been publishing video on the Web for almost three years. During that time we have published numerous court-related segments including police interviews and court hearings.

“Some have been very graphic and painful in detail but were published due to a significant local interest in the stories.

“The Nashua Police Department only recently implemented the technology that makes it possible for us to gain access to booking videos. Blumenthal is the second booking video we have requested, the first was not published due to technical difficulties on our end.”

Publishing the video was not an attempt to cast aspersions on Blumenthal, but was intended to give readers the opportunity to make up their own minds – with all the information provided.

“I think Roy Greenslade frames the question ‘why publish’ in exactly the wrong way, and by doing so pre-supposes both the answer and the potential public reaction to the video.  In fact, this was the first story in our coverage that garnered any positive reader comments for Blumenthal.

“Obviously those predisposed to support or oppose Blumenthal will interpret it as they want. But it is not our place to try and guess what those interpretations are. We felt in this case, and in general, that supplementing our reporting with source documents is the best way to let readers make up their own minds.”

Is there an issue here about the medium: is multimedia content such as this more intrusive, as Greenslade suggests, and therefore arguably less in the public interest? Or does it better serve the readers by giving them all the information available?

Trinity Mirror schedules Ayrshire Post and Paisley Daily Express for revamp

The Ayrshire Post and Paisley Daily Express will be the next titles from Trinity Mirror’s Scottish division to be relaunched as standalone websites.

The new sites are part of plans to create individual websites outside of the ic umbrella sites for all of Scottish and Universal Newspapers’ (S&UN) 17 local newspaper titles.

The Hamilton Advertiser was the first title to go it alone in March and recorded 20,000 unique users in its first month of operation.

To run the new sites a new team of digital journalists has been recruited by the newspaper group led by S&UN head of digital Craig Brown and online editor John Hutcheson.

The remaining websites will be phased in over the summer, a press release from the company said.

Tips on map building for local news providers

In a blog post Ryan Pitts, online editor of Spokesmanreview.com, explains to colleague Colin Mulvany, the Review’s multimedia editor, how the paper implemented its recent mapping project to cover the area’s snow emergency.

The Help Your Neighbors and Storm Stories projects were used by the paper to connect willing volunteers with readers in need of assistance and built using the Review’s own databases.

Pitts talks us through this option, but also gives advice on using Google’s MyMaps feature and how to use a combination of Google Maps and Google Spreadsheets.

Pitts’ full lowdown on map building can be seen on Mulvany’s Mastering Multimedia blog.