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February 03 2012

11:37

LIVE: Session 1A – Online video

Most publishers will have at least dipped their toe into the pool of online video, but what does it take to really make a splash in this area, and reap the traffic rewards? This session will feature innovative case studies of cutting-edge online video which can enhance the way content is presented and shared, as well as top tips from experienced online video journalists, publishers and those leading key developments in web-native video about the opportunities to be exploited through the online medium.

With: Christian Heilmann, Mozilla Popcorn; Josh de la Mare, editor of video, Financial Times; John Domokos, video producer, the Guardian; David Dunkley Gyimah, video journalist, academic and consultant.

11.44

 

With HTML5 the video becomes just another page element which can be edited and overlayed. “The timestamp is the glue.”

11.42

 

“video is a black hole on the web” – Google cannot find the content. To make it more ‘findable’ we must use a great headline and separate our content out from the presentation. If the text can be separated it out from the video (eg using Universal Subtitles) you can edit text after publishing video. Google can find the text and it helps readers to skip to the bit of the video they want.

HTML5 video allows for all of that.

11.39

 

He says when it comes to video online, shorter is better – otherwise people get fidgety and start checking Twitter or FarmVille!

Now it’s Chris Heilmann of Mozilla Popcorn – he says he has a background in radio.

11.34

 

David Dunkley Gyimah is up next – a video journalist, academic and artist in residence at the Southbank, apparently!
Reportage in 1991/2 was “the YouTube of the BBC back then” – young and disruptive.
It all comes back to cinema. You need to get people to feel something, and to do that you need to experiment with image and movement and how best to capture that.

11.34

 

“we’re prone to following trends when we should also focus on exemplars” – Gyimah studies legendary cinematic directors. He also recommends Media Storm as an exemplar for online video.

11.32

 

Question: “isn’t the FT just putting TV news online?”


A: we have a mixture of polished content and more raw, on the ground news. That seems to be what the FT audience want, but again, it’s an evolving medium. We definitely aim for much short videos online – almost always under 5 minutes.

11.18

“The human face is absolutely crucial” – the individual details that help you to understand the wider story.

Josh de la Mare closes by reminding us that “nothing is sacred” – the medium is still evolving and there’s no stable formula for producing online video.

11.16

The FT has had a studio for about 3 years. FT video produces short comment and interview clips that go deeper into niche angles of the broader story.

FT also use on-site camera crews and provide theirjournalists with flip cams, encouraging them to shoot footage all over the world.

11.13

 

Josh de la Mare: FT mostly uses talking heads because that’s most appropriate for our audience.
Video can get to the emotional heart of a story. The FT used video to represent the human side to the impact of 9/11.

11.10

 

User generated content (UGC) is not a free and easy way to get great video clips!


The Guardian is exploring ways to engage with readers using multimedia. Domokos shows us an example which worked – people speaking out against disability living allowance cuts. These videos worked because the subjects had a real personal reason to produce them. The raw result is also not something a traditional camera crew could ever have got by treating them as “case studies”. 

Every time we use video, we must be using it because it’s the RIGHT way to tell the story, not the easy way

10.52

The Online Video session has kicked off with moderator David Hayward from BBC College of Journalism.

Follow the twitter hash tag #newsrw

11:34

LIVE: Session 1B – Paid-for content models

How can we to make money from online content? That is the million dollar question in the news industry today and one which continues to be answered in many different ways. As we move into another year it’s time to return to the debate and look at how the main models being pursued in the industry today which can be adopted by both national news titles as well as more niche outlets and magazine publishers, be it through app subscriptions, a bold paywall or a more metered approach. This session will also look at how Apple’s Newsstand, which was released in October, has increased app downloads for magazine publishers.

With: François Nel, researcher, academic and consultant on newsroom and digital business innovation; Tom Standage, digital editor, the Economist; Chris Newell, founder, ImpulsePay; and Alex Watson, head of app development, Dennis Publishing.

11.43

Over the last year, the Mail has declined by 4.6% in it’s print edition. Online, however, it’s readership has grown by nearly 60%.  MailOnline’s rise has been “meteoric”.

11.42

There have always been differing price points and pricing strategies. We’re now going to look at the most successful news websites (traffic-wise) in the UK: MailOnline and the Guardian.

11.40

Nel says that we need to drop the binary arguments: to paywall or not to paywall is not a good question.

It’s too simplistic.

11.40

Social, local, and mobile are the key areas for the future in the eyes of media executives. But at what price?

11.35

Sorry, slight crossing of live blogs here. Sorting to fix things.

11.34

He wants to look at experimentation, and whether there are underlying principles that are essential for understanding online business models.

11.32

 

David Dunkley Gyimah is up next – a video journalist, academic and artist in residence at the Southbank, apparently!
Reportage in 1991/2 was “the YouTube of the BBC back then” – young and disruptive.
It all comes back to cinema. You need to get people to feel something, and to do that you need to experiment with image and movement and how best to capture that.

11.32

Overall, make it easy and people will pay! Streamlining the payment experience is essential is seems.

Francois Nel is now taking the stage. He is an academic at UCLan. He says he will be talking about the “alchemy of paid content innovations”. Yeah.

11.26

Previously, Premium SMS was the best way to do mobile payments – this is clunky and readers also don’t want to be waiting around for a text.

11.24

Impulse Pay’s alternative is a one-click approach, where the cost is added to your mobile phone bill.

11.24

People don’t like filling in forms, they are tedious and boring. The average credit card payment takes 120 character strokes – it’s too much effort for readers!

11.22

Now speaking: Chris Newell, founder of Impulse Pay.

11.19

Standage is talking about about their web presence now, and the strengths of a metered paywall.

11.18

The Economist call this “finishability” approach Lean Back 2.0.

11.17

Standage says there is a catharsis in finishability. And this is still available on their apps, whereas you can’t find that on the web, because there is always more information available.

11.16

Currently, readers prefer print over digital (80 – 20), but in two years the split will be 70 -30 in favour of digital.

11.13

When we ask people why they cancel their print subscriptions, they largely say it’s because they see them piling up and they don’t have the time to read.

They are addressing this with digital, by offering it in app form, and in audio. You can read it on your iPhone in a cramped train carriage with one hand, or listen when you’re on a run.

11.11

Tom Standage, digital editor of the Economist is now speaking. They have about 1.5 M print readers, of which a third use their apps as well. Largely digital users, are digital only.

11.08

Questions now: “What about Android apps?”

Answer: “We’ve not done so much with Android. In Newsstand, Apple have created a retail experience, which is something that we think Google are missing.”

11.06

It’s worth producing a high quality product, because users will rate you highly, and Apple will give you access to promo spots if you offer a good experience.

11.05

Moving forward, it’s important to note that Apple will sell more iPhones and iPads.

11.00

John Domokos, video producer at the Guardian, showing clips from the student protests where he got to know and followed a group of first time protestors. Videos showed an alternative side of the protests when the main ‘traditional’ media story was the attack on Charles and Camilla’s car.

Online video doesn’t have the resources of broadcast but is finding its own special place – raw, microcosm approach – not the top-down, broad view presented on TV.

10.59

One problem with apps though is that people want to be able to sample, but making an issue free can cause surges in downloads that have unpredictable effects – like melting servers.

Technical support queries are also overwhelming at times, and iOS users traditionally expect bulletproof reliability and high production values.

You’ll be judged against Flipboard, even if you’re Landrover Monthly.

10.57

“Newsstand completely redefined “doing well”"

3.5 M app downloads since the launch of Newsstand, across a range of titles. And revenue is up to – 0, 000 – even after VAT and the Apple cut.

Consumer attention is high.

10.54

Alex Watson, Dennis Publishing is talking first, about how the Apple Newsstand is changing magazine online publishing.

10.52

Katie King, senior product manager, Portal & Partners, MSN UK, is introducing the panel for this session, which you can take a look at here: http://www.newsrewired.com/agenda-6/.

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