Friday, August 05, 2005
US: Major newspapers still thinking in terms of newspaper-deadlines in online age?
Do major US paper still think in terms of newspaper-deadlines in an online age? This question was raised by Helge Ogrim, managing editor of Dagbladet.no, the website of a Norwegian daily, on Poynter. He was monitoring the news story about Maribel Cuevas, a 11-year-old girl who was arrested for throwing a rock at a boy (see article for details of the story), from Norway. After the court appearance of the girl he checked the website of the Los Angeles Times to see how it turned out and found no update. That's why he finally turned to SFGate.com, the site of the San Francisco Chronicle, for an update. LATimes.com had the updated story the next day.
Ogrim comments on Poynter: "While all reports indicate that a rapidly rising audience first turn to the web for its news, major U.S. newspapers still ignore this trend. ... The Los Angeles Times must have lost some readers to news websites that provided updates of the Cuevas story much faster." This might be another sign that newspapers and their journalist have to change when facing an online world (see previous posting on re-training journalists for online).
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