Media Moves

WSJ video traffic has doubled in past six months

August 30, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Ken Doctor writes for the Nieman Journalism Lab about how newspapers are increasing their video offerings and interviewed Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor Alan Murray, who said that the paper’s video traffic has doubled in the past six months.

Doctor writes, “Why? It’s not mainly because of more use on Journal platforms, even though it’s been an innovator on the tablet. Most of that growth comes from the deals the Journal has done with an astonishing 26 ‘platforms.’ They range from the ubiquitous iPad and Kindle to lesser known 5Min and LiveStation.

Doctor later writes, “Both the Journal and the Times see their reporters as the foundation of the video process; Murray calls Dow Jones’ 2,000 journalists ‘the core asset.’ So both are putting cameras into the hands of journalists, or enabling them to better use smartphones, thereby creating more impactful, multi-dimensional, multi-platform journalism. HuffPo, from its early days of being mainly a curator/aggregator, has had its pulse on what its progressive audience is wondering and talking about.

“Those topics, mostly off the news (Marissa Mayer’s pregnancy, veterans and poverty), are the ones front and center in its Live pages. Some, of course, derive from its journalists’ work, and now staffers like Howard Fineman are suggesting video segments as they prepare stories. By and large, though, the talk-about-news drives the 12-hours-a-day site (5 days a week), with actual news supplementing. Sekoff says some 1,300 HuffPo community members have ‘raised their hands’ and been featured as talking contributors on its segments. They’re unpolished and a far more diverse (for all the good and bad that implies) lot than we see among the too familiar faces of cable TV. For the Journal and the Times, traditional stories drive the video.”

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