Global: Cyclone video coverage pays off for WaPo

Global: Cyclone video coverage pays off for WaPoHurricane Irma devastated parts of The Caribbean and Florida.

The Washington Post’s video and radar coverage of Hurricane Irma demonstrates the successful role the expansion of video resources plays in reporting of immediate events.

Micah Gelman, video chief of The Washington Post, began the year with a staff of 40. However, the team has increased to 60, including 20 video editors who are responsible for “quick turn content”, used to accompany written articles in the form of live videos or long features.

Covering Hurricane Harvey and Irma saw 10 video journalists in the field, along with freelancers, deployed in locations such as Houston, Corpus Christi, Beaumont, Galveston and Florida.

According to Mr Gelman, the paper produced more than 1000 separate videos dedicated to the storms, as well as a mini-documentary on Hurricane Harvey.

Mr Gelman justified the publication’s spending on equipment and numerous hotel reservations by reiterating the need to be aggressive about coverage.

The Hindu shifts towards a digital product business

Indian English-language daily newspaper, The Hindu, is attempting to move its business model towards a reader-centric, print-led and technology-enabled publication, in a market dominated by an advertising-led approach.

Managing director and chief executive officer, Rajiv Lochan, expressed The Hindu’s belief that focusing on readers and their experience with their products and services is paramount to their existence.

In approaching the transition to a digital business, the masthead is heavily catering to readers and their specific needs, wanting to move capabilities and mindset from being primarily a publishing business to a digital product business over time – not a small feat for a newspaper that is 138 years old.

Mr Lochan is trying to pave the way for The Hindu to “become the pre-eminent destination of choice for the chosen segments of readers,” while also aiming to have their commercial model balance advertising, subscription and transactional revenues.

New national media centre to be developed in Gothenburg

Plans to develop a new national media centre at the Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg, Sweden, are finally underway after its initial proposal in 2005.

The new centre focuses on news media research, aiming to strengthen publicity, journalism, public conversation and democracy, using knowledge from industry experts and academics.

The media centre is backed by Newspaper Publishers TU (Swedish Media Publishers’ Association), Sveriges Radio and Svergies Television, along with Sweden’s leading media academics.

Niklas Wahlberg, CEO of Lindholmen Science Park said its “vision is to help improve democratic values locally, nationally and internationally”.

NewsMavens gathers female journalists across Europe

NewsMavens, a new initiative “changing the European news narrative”, is gathering a team of opinionated news women from across Europe to develop a common platform to showcase top stories from their respective newsrooms.

Launching in the European autumn, NewsMavens has already partnered with female journalists across 12 countries, aiming to bring women from all 28 European member states on board.

Funded by Google’s Digital News Initiative and supported by the World Editors Forum, NewsMavens aims to tackle the under-representation of women in newsrooms, the overabundance of content flooding digital readers and the exclusion of non English-speaking countries from the current events narrative about Europe.

The website will publish seven to nine stories daily from Monday to Friday in addition to a newsletter and interviews with leading women.