Global round-up: BBC pact with regional papers

The BBC's Local Live module

The BBC’s Local Live module

A formal arrangement to share content between the BBC and regional newspapers will be introduced across England.

Stories from newspapers in Yorkshire, England’s northeast and Birmingham will appear in the broadcaster’s Local Live feed on its website, which delivers breaking regional news to readers throughout the day.

Stories chosen from local papers comprised up to a quarter of the total content on the Local Live feed during a trial of the deal. The newspapers are free to choose the stories they would like the BBC to link to themselves.

BBC news director James Harding told a Society of Editors conference last year that he wanted the BBC to help with a “revival” of local journalism, according to UK press news website Hold The Front Page.

“Local newspapers serve audiences across England and publish thousands more stories than the BBC each week,” BBC English regions controller David Holdsworth said, in comments published by Hold The Front Page.

“This is an example of a way the BBC can … contribute to a thriving local news market,” Mr Holdsworth said.

Newspapers still dominate Pulitzers despite wider entries

Print media has dominated the Pulitzer Prizes, with newspapers taking home the bulk of the awards, despite magazines having a shot at the prizes for the first time.

“These are, for the most part, long-time newspapers,” Pulitzer administrator Mike Pride said, in comments reported by Capital New York.

“However … the digital components of their work is becoming more and more sophisticated, so what you’re seeing, I think, is newspapers know where the future is … and it shows in the results here.”

The New York Times won three prizes: one for investigative reporting, one for international reporting and one for feature photography by freelancer Daniel Berehulka.

The Los Angeles Times took out two awards: one in feature writing, and one in criticism.

However, it was a local newspaper that received the most attention. The South Carolina-based Charleston Post and Courier won the public service prize for its investigative series on rampant domestic violence in the local area, “Till Death Do Us Part.”

The Post and Courier is a family-owned newspaper and has a circulation of around 85,000. It was the paper’s first Pulitzer in 90 years.

The Atlantic redesigned as ‘real-time magazine’

US magazine The Atlantic has redesigned its website to make it visually stronger and appear more like a magazine.

The new design features significantly larger images and cleaner, more modern typefaces. editor JJ Gould said in an editorial column the decision to revamp the site was based on a question over the purpose the site was serving: Is it the website of a magazine? Is it a news site?

“The answers … are all in one way or another, yes. But we figured we’d try a thought experiment: What if we described The as a direct, dynamic, digital extension of our core identity in journalism – as a real-time magazine?”

The homepage is modular so editors can move sections around the page depending, to respond to big breaking news or to highlight a particular long-form feature.

“What you won’t find, we hope, is the impression of diminishing importance as you scroll down,” Mr Gould wrote.

The redesign was done entirely in-house.

Members of freelancer coalition almost triple

Dozens more news organisations have signed up to guidelines to improve the safety of freelance reporters, released in February.

Early adopters AP, AFP, the BBC and The Guardian have been joined by Bloomberg, Mashable and USA Today, among others.

The guidelines recommend freelancers learn first aid and wear protective clothing, while news organisations are urged to treat freelancers no differently to full-time staffers and help them in cases of kidnap or injury.

There are now a total of 60 signatories from groups across the world – including Iraq, Belarus, the Philippines and Kazakhstan.

However, a number of high-profile organisations like The New York Times, The Washington Post and major US television networks have not signed up.

Reuters reporter David Rohde, who helped draft the guidelines, told media news site Poynter that as long as the guidelines had raised awareness of the issue at those outlets then they had done their job.

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