JP and PA Deal

According to Hold the Front Page Johnston Press have signed a deal with PA to:

[S]upply self-contained video clips alongside text, photographs and interactive graphics which will allow Johnston’s online editors to put together their own individual packages.

Later in the article:

Tony Watson, editor-in-chief at The Press Association, said: “This deal will allow Johnston Press to take advantage of PA’s news gathering skills across text, stills, video and graphics to create compelling and dynamic web content.

Don’t get me wrong, anything that adds more arrows to your web editors bow is a bonus. But I thought owning a newspaper group of the size of JP should give you a pretty good resource for “news gathering skills across text, stills, video and graphics to create compelling and dynamic web content” already.

Isn’t that what they do?

Why not create a central repository of all the regional content already generated by papers for all the editors to share? A JPA…

One Reply to “JP and PA Deal”

  1. They mean national stuff. Basically PA turning up at the same press conferences and accident/disaster scenes as the Beeb and Sky and then offering it as catch-your-eye clips for a local website, or as a (badly) fronted national news bulletin to try and keep people on the local site.

    Building a group-wide archive of local stories, clips etc relies on a technology and an attitude the local newspaper groups don’t have. It was part of the early discussions when Northcliffe bought the Tera publishing system – the idea that we’d be able to access each other’s stories, or even that the public could access the whole archive on a pay-per-use basis.

    Tera made it and the archive was looked at but then died a death. Story sharing is still done the old-fashioned way – via phonecalls between news editors and an exchange of emails. Another missed opportunity.

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