Kevin: Joshua Benton has a great blog post on new possibilities in terms of news site interfaces. There has been very little interface innovation in terms of news sites. Most of the work for the last five years on news sites have been about social functionality. I strongly agree with Benton's last point: "The main problem with contemporary news navigation is discovery, not depth."
Kevin: Ivan Sigal of Global Voices writes about their collaboration with the BBC. He says: "Since then, we've seen mainstream media cover major conflicts such as Iran substantially through the eyes of citizen content. The idea that citizen journalism is somehow opposed to or in conflict with traditional journalism is now clearly past; it's evident that both exist in symbiotic relationship to one another, with many opportunities to collaborate on the creation of news, storytelling, and distribution of content.
For two weeks, we will be exploring opportunities to put those collaborations into practice."
Definitely one to watch.
Kevin: The BBC will be partnering with global blog network, Global Voices. During a special series on the internet, they will be linking to relevant posts on Global Voices and asking their regional editors "to give their views on how the mainstream media handle the news", says Steve Herrmann, editor of the BBC News Website (and my former manager who got me into blogging in 2004).
Kevin: The Tindle Newspapers Group in the UK has launched four small-run (3000 copies) newspapers in London. Sir Ray Tindle believes strongly in the future of print. They will be selling affordable advertising to local businesses put off by the high prices in other newspapers. They reached their advertising goal four days ahead of schedule.