Monday, September 29, 2008

Think local, act online or something like that.

I have done a rave about the Guardian, trying to establish that the Web is ok. Jeff Jarvis is about the most sense in a sea of evasion.

For example, headline for Roy Greenslade

Which regional group will collapse first?

But is there anything in the text to answer the question? Not that I can find.

In Exeter we have already lost all print production to Plymouth so it is hard to imagine how production costs could fall any further.

If there is a problem with regional news, then the role of bloggers, citizen journalists, YouTube experiments etc should be part of the discussion in my honest opinion. I tried to video the icerink last year for Exeter TV but was told that Exeter City council had arranged exclusive image rights with the Express and Echo. If regional news groups really do have problems there is room for some discussion here on how Web video could develop.

Meanwhile Michael Grade has warned that even national news may be a problem unless ITV can be given some more money.

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