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World Service director to Beet.TV: Video is ‘hugely important’ to BBC digital news

March 6th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Online Journalism

Peter Horrocks, Director of the BBC World Service, speaks to digital news platform Beet.TV about the World Service’s online offering.

As well as emphasising that the BBC “remains committed” to a “high level of spend” on its international news offering, Horrocks also speaks about the “huge importance” of online video provision to the BBC.

Horrocks also talks about the importance of social media, both as a source of news and as a content distribution channel through social sharing.

He says: “We know that audiences increasingly trust the news they receive directly from friends and family above the news they receive from international news brands.”

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Flipboard adds Telegraph and Guardian ahead of royal wedding

Flipboard, a “social magazine” for the iPad that pulls in content from the web, has announced partnerships with the Guardian and the Telegraph.

Announcements from the company about the Guardian – “the central liberal voice in the British media” – and the Telegraph – “one of the most circulated broadsheets in the UK” – have been timed to coincide with the upcoming royal nuptials.

We’re launching the Guardian and the Telegraph at this precise moment so you can feel like you’re right there in Westminster Abbey witnessing the union and following events from the eyes of Londoners.

The US app has also added OK Magazine and Brides Magazine in advance of the wedding.

Flipboard was launched in July last year to offer its users a magazine-like collection of news, features, videos and images circulating within their social networks. In December it announced that eight US news outlets including ABC News and the Washington Post Magazine were testing the app as a distribution platform.

Last week the company announced additional investment of $50 million (£30 million), taking its value to around $200 million (£121 million). According to the company the funds will be used to expand its staff from 32 to around 50.

It also announced a partnership with Oprah Winfrey’s media network.

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Project Cascade: The New York Times’ new visualisation tool for Twitter tracking

In case you missed this over the weekend, the New York Times has been quietly working away for a while on a nifty visualisation tool that will allow it to track the way links to its content move through Twitter.

A product of the Times’ Research and Development lab, which is housed somewhere up near the clouds in the NYT’s 33-floor building, Project Cascade promises to take social analytics on in leaps and bounds and tell the NYT a great deal about how, where and when its content is being shared.

The NYT – no stranger to the art of graphics and visualisation – writes on the project’s website that it “allows for precise analysis of the structures which underly sharing activity on the web”.

This first-of-its-kind tool links browsing behavior on a site to sharing activity to construct a detailed picture of how information propagates through the social media space.

While initially applied to New York Times stories and information, the tool and its underlying logic may be applied to any publisher or brand interested in understanding how its messages are shared.

Nieman Journalism Lab has a detailed write up on the tool at this link which is well worth a look.

You can learn more about data visualisation, social media analytics for publishers and more at’s upcoming news:rewired conference. See the full agenda for the day on our dedicated event site.

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Nieman: Will ‘like’, ‘share’, and ‘recommend’ influence the future of news?

Facebook is reportedly abandoning the ‘share’ option in favour of ‘like’. Will this influence news sites? What are the implications for ‘liking’ a story? Nieman Journalism Lab has an article on the ‘warring verbs of social media’ and the impact on the future of news

Newsroom culture has long been allergic to explicitly connecting the production of journalism and the expression of a reader’s endorsement. (Just the facts, ma’am!) And “Like” is awkward. When I click a button next to a story, does that mean I like the fact that “Tunisian Prime Minister Resigns,” or that I like thestoryTunisian Prime Minister Resigns“? But there’s no doubting the appeal of “Like,” which feels like a vote when “Share” mostly feels like work.

Full story on Nieman Journalism Lab at this link

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