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P.S. — SR To Begin Webcasting News Meetings

“Beginning Wednesday, The Spokesman-Review will webcast our two daily news meetings, at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

“This is a long-discussed development, an experiment that is one of the fundamental elements of our transparent newsroom initiative. We know that readers have come to expect, demand even, an interactive relationship with their news sources. We’ve provided numerous opportunities for transparency, particularly taking advantage of our web technology

“The ‘Daily Briefing’ provides readers with an interesting written summary of the two daily meetings, but with a bit of Ken Paulman’s wit and attitude. ‘News is a Conversation’ is a blog that gives readers a chance to review and critique our news decisions. And ‘Ask the Editors,’ yet another blog, allows us to tell readers the why and how our our decision-making processes. In general, all are immensely popular, though interest inevitably rises and falls with the heat of the daily news report.

“You’ll remember that shortly after I came here, I opened our news meetings to the public. We frequently host visitors, primarily at the morning meeting.

“The webcast experiment extends that openness to the virtual world. And by giving readers an e-mail door into our discussions – through — we’ll be providing unprecedented interactivity linking journalist and news consumer.”

Editor Steve Smith
Interoffice Memo

P.S., To view the webcast here in the office or at home, here is what you need:
*A broadband Internet connection. You can try watching on dialup, but you’ll probably be disappointed.
*A web browser with Javascript enabled. (That’s the default setting.)
*The latest version of QuickTime. The video player is free, and there’s a download link on our webcast page.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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