Ben Hammersley sets the benchmark

I just had to say a few words about Ben Hammersley’s special report page on the BBC. Ben has been covering the Turkish elections using digital technology and social media sites.

Ben Hammersley’s special report page on the BBC.

The result is a mixed bag content wise, but who cares when you get stuff as innovative as this. And I do mean innovative. Come on, we are talking about the BBC here. Supposedly the big lumping, government controlled ageing aunt who cant get anything right. Right?

If anything this just proves that, right now, not only are there some potent thinks working at the beeb but there are also some good listeners. People are hearing what needs to be done and supporting it.

As Tim Caynes at Sun.com comments

You might question whether seamlessly integrating various social media sources into one location is relevant, if all the content comes from the same author (I know there’s external blogs on there), but from a design and deployment perspective, it’s a fine piece of work.

I think it is relevant and in integrating the social media sources Bens page ticks all the right boxes for me. It uses journalistic experience to bring together the strands of story but it doesn’t clutch the content to its chest and refuse to let go It uses new technology to collect and present information but it doesn’t cast that technology and the access it provides to others, to one side when it is done.

By rights, this should be the benchmark for online journalism that everyone wants to beat.

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