Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Listening to your audience

You telephone the Merced Sun-Star and record your rant. You and your neighbors click on the Squawk Box to hear it. It's brand new; details as they emerge.


  1. Anonymous6:14 PM

    Undermines the best thing about newsPAPER sites: most of the content is text you can read. Which means it has a summary, and you can quickly scan the article to see how much you care. Personally I would rather read something than sit at my computer and listen to someone, unless I'm really, really interested in the topic (read: the person that submitted the squawk).

    I'm thinking this would be worth more if each oration's transcription, or at least summarization, were available.

    This might work as a podcast, though. Someone would have to introduce each squawk so there was some type of continuity as you listened..

  2. But the beauty of the web is that a news site doesn't have to (always) be about print. just because news sites run by newspapers have typically

    If it doesn't float your boat, fine, but casting against type (and casting well) is really the sort of adjustment most news(paper) sites have needed for quite some while.

    There are things that work well with print, but, for example, a written summary what a photograph looks like isn't the photograph and cannot substitute for it. It's the difference between eating a meal, and reading the cookbook.

  3. I agree with Base10. Something that could improve the page, though, is having it auto string the clips so that you don't have to clip on individual clips, but rather as you finish one clip you go to the next.