Mail puts video news online

The Hull Daily Mail has become one of the first regional newspapers
to offer readers regular video streaming of its local news online,
writes Lou Thomas.

Six reporters at the Mail and its sister paper
East Riding Mail are filing video versions of their printed stories on
the newspapers’ joint website. Assistant editor Paul Hartley (head of
multimedia), four reporters and a photographer from the titles attended
a two-week multimedia course at Press Association.

Hull Daily Mail editor John Meehan said he wanted to roll out video reports across all editorial departments.

He
told Press Gazette: “We see this as a worthwhile investment in
developing our skills and our business.” Meehan stressed that it was
“very early days”. He added that the results were encouraging although
admitted that he “didn’t know where this is going to lead us”.

After
filming and reporting their stories as usual, staff return to the
office and edit their video footage. It is then sent to Northcliffe
Electronic Publishing, which organises the newspapers’

website content.

Although
circulation of many regional newspapers has been decreasing, Meehan
said the introduction of video streaming on the site had not distracted
staff from the paper.

He said: “The Mail remains our top
priority. We have a proud record of producing award-winning newspapers
and we are continuing to develop and invest in our printed
publications.”

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