Howard Owens is a digital media pioneer. He started publishing local news online in 1995 when very few local news outlets had web sites. The header image on the site depicts the film camera he used early in his career and the press pass from his year on the staff of the Carlsbad Journal. For more on Howard's professional background, read his LinkedIn profile.
HowardOwens.com is the personal web site of Howard Owens and covers his range of interests -- political localism and libertarianism, music and personal interests, as well as his professional interests.
Howard is currently publisher of The Batavian and lives in Batavia, N.Y.
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Daily Archives: November 10, 2006
Kevin Roderick at LAObserved has posted a memo from LATimes.com editor Joel Sappell promising more and better video.
Today, we’re implementing a new and improved latimes.com video strategy. We’ll be giving our audience better and faster access to local breaking news and features through an upgraded video player on the homepage and throughout the site. The effort also will mark the beginning of a new, creative partnership with our sister company KTLA and, come early 2007, we’ll be operating a full-fledged video portal.
I’m not sure partnering with a TV station is the smartest way to go. I would rather put cameras in the hands of every reporter and get them posting their own video related to the stories they’re covering. I happen to believe that newspaper reporters have a better eye for detail, are less likely to engage in sound-bite journalism, and are better at telling a story than what TV news has traditionally done. TV reporters and editors are trained to think about time. On the Web, time is irrelevant. It’s all about intention and attention.
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