Futures Lab Update #52: Newspaper Video Takes On TV News; Inside New Curation Apps

    by Reuben Stern
    March 26, 2014
    Curators like Newsy and Inside.com take small factoids or brief clips of the day's biggest stories and serve them to readers for quick consumption and sharing.

    Reported by Reuben Stern and Olga Kyle.

    This week we see how one newspaper hopes to compete with local television with breaking news video, and we learn more about the role of news curation apps.

    "Success is going to say ‘we’ve found a sponsor for our livestreaming video … we’re selling these kinds of shows because we know that’s what advertising wants, and that’s what people will buy into.'" - Austin American-Statesman Digital Managing Editor Zach Ryall


    PART 1: Video at the Austin American-Statesman

    The Austin American-Statesman has a long history as a newspaper, but the staff is now looking to compete with local TV stations by providing online video coverage of breaking news. We hear about the strategy from Digital Managing Editor Zach Ryall.
    Reporting by Paige Hornor and Reuben Stern.
    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]

    Additional examples:

    The Oklahoman’s NewsOK website was among the first newspaper operations to invest heavily in online video, launching its effort back in 2007. (In 2009 the operation won an Innovator of the Year award from the Associated Press Managing Editors for its integration of video into the newsroom process). Now seven years later, the newsroom continues to produce multiple weekly shows along with individual clips that round out each day’s news coverage.


    The Des Moines Register’s video efforts helped land the organization on Editor & Publisher’s most recent list of 10 Newspapers That Do It Right. With a video studio built into a brand new newsroom, the Register is putting reporters on camera to cover a wide range of material. The business side also plans to use the studio to produce video spots for advertising clients.

    PART 2: Curation as a part of the news ecosystem

    An array of sites and apps have built entire businesses by pulling together information reported elsewhere and delivering it in a way that focuses on the user. We visit with leaders at CircaInside.com and Newsy to learn more about how these organizations fit into the news landscape.
    Reporting by Tatiana Darie.
    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]

    Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.


    The Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab video update features a roundup of fresh ideas, techniques and developments to help spark innovation and change in newsrooms across all media platforms. Visit the RJI website for the full archive of Futures Lab videos, or download the iPad app to watch the show wherever you go. You can also sign up to receive email notification of each new episode. 

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