WEBSITES are killing newspapers aren’t they?
As executive editor:digital, or ‘that website bloke’, this is a question I get asked a lot.
The Examiner now reaches more people in a month than it ever has – and that’s got to be good for local people who want to know what’s going on in their area – and for local businesses who want people to see what they’re about.
There are people reading this on our website (yes you) who have never picked up a copy of the Examiner in their local shop.
But that doesn’t make them any less of an Examiner reader – in fact some of them are just doing the traditional things our paper readers do, just using new technology.
Rather than ringing in about a fire, they can tweet the Examiner.
If someone’s taken a photo of an incident, they can reach us on Facebook.
If they’ve read a story and have got more information, people often leave a comment at the bottom of the story they’ve read.
The internet has changed the methods people can get in touch with us, but it hasn’t changed the reasons – they know whether it’s in paper, online or even on their phones the Examiner will report what’s happening fairly and we’ll hold the wrongdoers to account to look after the people of Huddersfield.
As executive editor:digital I have responsibilities to both the printed edition and online.
As well as carrying content from your newspaper we also break news on the web.
If a jury in a murder trial returns a verdict you’ll be the first to know.
If Huddersfield Town are linked with a transfer, we’ll get the news out there.
We also do more with the images we can’t get in the paper.
Where limitations of space mean that in paper we can only use one or two images, online we could have created a gallery with a dozen pictures in.
Or maybe we’ve got a video of the event?
Part of my role is also to get make sure web and print fit together.
A good example of this recently would have been the local elections last Friday.
Your Examiner was printed ready for your breakfast but the counts didn’t start until mid-morning.
But our reporting team went to the counts, sent live video and reports over the internet to a liveblog – in effect a news story that updated every few seconds – and brought web readers the results first.More than 1,600 followed our report during the day, with the same number reading it after work that night.
The same reporters who’d brought you the news as it happened then used their analytical skills and writing prowess so that when you read the next day’s Examiner paper you knew what the results meant to you.
Ultimately the Examiner exists because people are interested in what’s happening in their community – and although the way people consume that news has changed, more people than ever consume it and care about knowing it.
So my answer to the original question is that the means of delivery may have broadened, but people not interested in Huddersfield news and sport?
Not on your nelly!