editor on the verge

Online musings from the newsroom and beyond . . . by Yoni Greenbaum

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Is there good traffic reporting online?

November 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Does online traffic reporting work for you?

While broadcast cable news spent most of Wednesday talking covering the situation at local airports and, in the case if CNN, highlighting the road traffic data available either through Google Maps or traffic.com, it wasn’t typically until the early afternoon that newspapers got on the bandwagon.

Most newspaper websites chose to feature in their center or lead position the regional or national story written by the Associated Press. Occasionally the story appeared with a photograph of a line of airport passengers or car traffic or some weary looking traveler also taken by the Associated Press.

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Crime coverage worth your time

November 21st, 2007 · No Comments

Interested in how other newspapers are covering crime online? Well most of the online coverage has been about newspapers using mapping to enhance their coverage.

Back in September, Danny Sanchez over at Journaslistopia compiled a list of nearly two dozen newspaper crime-mapping efforts.

The Google Maps Mania blog keeps a running list of crime and sexual offender-related Google maps. At last check, they were up to nearly 50 sites.

A list of crime related mashups is also available at programmable web.

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How newspapers can solve their “crime problem”

November 20th, 2007 · No Comments

Ok, so it didn’t take long for me to violate one of my own rules for this blog – thou shalt never point out a problem without offering a solution.

In my Monday post “On Sunday, murder is an easy sale,” I wrote about how I believe that TV news and newspapers are drawn to covering crime because the ease of such stories and because they draw viewers and sell newspapers. Specifically I wrote:

“But not all newspapers take this approach some . . . make an effort to balance their coverage, covering crime when necessary and putting it on the front page or section front page only when it is necessary. But this approach takes more time, planning and in some cases, manpower; it is far from easy and is more of a challenge on the weekend.


Upon further consideration, I decided that the above description of what other newspapers are doing does not equal a solution or even an alternative. I had spent too much time on the problem and not enough on the solution. [Read more →]

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On Sundays, murder is an easy sale

November 19th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Crime Scene by Davidfg/flickr.com If there is murder, deadly fires and general mayhem leading your local newscast, it MUST be Sunday night. Despite the bleak nature of these types of stories they are the ones TV news often relies on. And like TV, newspapers also have a tendency to depend on crime reporting.

Why do they do it? Because basic crime reporting is, dare I say, easy reporting. It is easy and it has a high return on investment, these stories draw viewers and sell newspapers.

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