Globe shows Postmedia how to do multimedia news

The Globe proudly reports today its been nominated for an Emmy award in the category of new approaches to news and documentary programming, along with the New York Times, Reuters, San Jose Mercury News and tsunami.org, for its multimedia series Behind the Veil, and investigation into womens’ lives in Afghanistan. The Globe’s multimedia team assembled reporters, photographers, interpreters, web designers etc. to create a six part series featured in the newspaper of course, but simultaneously launched on a website with opportunities for extended interviews, new interviews of commentary in response to the story, and community outreach, that lasted far longer than the newspaper features.

So, Postmedia is back where it was 12 years ago, handing out camcorders to print reporters, suggesting they shoot something and put it up on the web, primarily it seems as an afterthought. The Globe and others are pushing the boundaries of technology to enhance and expand traditional newspaper storytelling and journalism, while Postmedia still seems to be stuck in the technological dark ages.

Globe and Mail, July 16 2010

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“More of the same but better”: new business motto at Postmedia

Well, here we go again. Postmedia pres Paul Godfrey is moving news into the internet age, arming reporters with mincameras (hope he actually trains them in videography; the Aspers just dumped cameras on reporters’ desks and told them to go out and shoot) and multitasking them. Didn’t we hear all this in 2000? At least he didn’t use the phrase convergence, but the same bilge is there: multiple platforms, advanced deadlines. And in his pic he’s looking more like Izzy Asper than ever before.

National Post, July 14 2010