Ed Walker puts the spotlight on excellent multimedia stories coming from regional newspapers and media organisations.
This blog is a chance to share some of the quirky stories which you might miss and other excellent uses of video, photos and audio happening across Britain's regional media world.
While I work for Trinity Mirror Regionals, this site is open to all examples of top regional multimedia. So if you see something good drop me an email:
ed.walker AT trinitymirror.com
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So, hopefully, you’re not eating anything. Be prepared for a shocking slideshow:
What’s the old saying? Don’t ask, don’t get. For all its shocking content, it does show how people can get involved with your newspaper brand and have a good laugh at the same time. Plus it’s been one of the most popular slideshows this week.
The prize. The chance to see Calendar Girls at the theatre and lots of other pampering stuff.
Video is a great medium for filming reactions, and the Liverpool Echo went into action yesterday after Parliament debated the motion on Hillsborough. Reporter Dan Kay live blogged the debate and also spoke to bereaved parents and local politicians. It’s nothing revolutionary but capturing the emotion of those who lost loved ones during the disaster through video has far more impact….
You can see all the Liverpool Echo’s video reactions to the Hillsborough debate here.
This CCTV video, obtained by the Birmingham Mail, shows thieves appearing to make the sign of the cross while nicking a silver lantern from a church in Winson Green. Cheeky buggers. Another example of always asking for the CCTV, most public buildings, including churches, will now have cameras and it forms a major part of police investigations. Plus we know readers like watching it, and sometimes the CCTV becomes the story… as in this case.
We’re heading towards Autumn and here’s what was topping the Trinity Mirror regional charts in September, and it showed that the football season is well and truly back in full swing.
1. Alan Pardew previews Newcastle v Blackburn
It wasn’t even a big game, but Newcastle’s strong start to the season has been exciting those on Tyneside and they’re flocking to see what Pardew has to say.
2. Should we sign the Malaysian?
The words Malaysia’s answer to David Beckham will delight any sports desk, but none more so than in Cardiff. The Bluebirds have been taking Safee Sali on trial despite him being, well, errr, not up to standard? WalesOnline have been having a bit of fun with this…
3. ‘Bannergate’ and Coventry City taking a hands on approach with their fans
It’s all been kicking off in Coventry, as it always seems to be doing. The club have decided they want rules about what banners can be brought into the stadium during matches, particularly ones that criticise the board. Not surprisingly this caused a few fisticuffs. So Bannergate was born and this piece from Neil White brings you up to speed.
4. Staying with Coventry… the excitement of a new striker
He might not be Darren Huckerby (remember him?) but Cody McDonald has certainly got Sky Blues fans talking, this video montage of his best bits did very strongly alongside all the talk of him signing.
5. Newcastle’s strong start to the season
Lee Ryder’s video football chats are still pulling in the views, and the Chronicle’s Newcastle pundit touches on the good mood around the club at the moment. Despite the fans still being miserable as ever.
Great example of how to produce a quick piece of multimedia on a big breaking sports story - when all your sports editors/writers are out and about.
The MEN cover two of the biggest football clubs in the world, and when Carlos Tevez threw his dummy out about coming on (or not coming on) as a sub last night in the Champions League it had the back pages secured.
Paul Handler did a great job of getting his sports editor on the phone for a quick chat, and recording it on his Nokia N8, editing it down and adding some photos over the top for a quick audio slideshow win.
The quality is good, and Pete Spencer is an engaging personality who makes his views on Tevez clear. Now you’ve got something alongside the main story and fan comments, and to go onto YouTube.
Update: Suggestion from Andy Jackson - all things digital at the Huddersfiled Examiner - of using Rectel to record phone calls. Despite sound more like a cure you’d get from the pharmacy, it’s actually a handy website which allows you to record phone calls to your computer.
Despite conforming to every stereotype etc etc sheep being saved in Wales etc etc, there’s something to be taken from this and that’s working with the emergency services to secure video footage - like the Daily Post have done below.
It was definitely a month for the riots, as riot-related video swamped our most watched lists across the regional titles. With Liverpool and Birmingham seeing incredible uplifts in traffic during the disturbances.
However, while it was the riots which helped push video views up there was also the return to sporting action for the Premier League and Championship season which is always a welcome relief for those on the sports desk.
1. Alan Pardew on Luis Enrique’s leaving of Newcastle
This was a really interesting situation, as both the Liverpool Echo and Chronicle Live sites are Trinity Mirror Regionals. So, the two got together and worked really well to cover the move of defender Enrique to Anfield from St James Park - including a live blog with Newcastle’s chief sports writer, Lee Ryder, but hosted on both sites. Clever stuff.
Many people seem to think video on regional news sites should be 2-3 minutes, point and shoot, with a couple of interviews, video. But it doesn’t have to be.
As the cool video above shows, doing something a little bit offbeat and different is also what we should be trying to do.
This video was shot using the tilt-shift method to give a time-lapse of the centre of Cardiff. It allows residents of the city to get a ‘different viewpoint’ on the city and it’s already been very popular.
Well done to Mike Caluan for thinking out of the box, and as the comment underneath the video says, “I want to see more of these”.
This is an excellent example of community journalism done via video. In the aftermath of the Birmingham riots this is an almost haunting video package. It shows that long-form video definitely has a role to play in local and regional journalism - and that video really does tell a compelling story when it’s used on a big regional issue or reflection on breaking news story e.g. the Birmingham Riots.
As England, and the world, watched on in horror at the scenes which started in Tottenham on Saturday night I’ve been tracking what videos have been most watched on the Trinity Mirror Regionals about the rioting.
Our teams across the regions provided phenomenal coverage of the disorder in their areas - and we’ve seen incredible traffic figures as a result showing just how important the local and regional media are. While the national media may have been all over the disturbances in the capital from Liverpool to Huddersfield it has been the regional media keeping up with what’s been happening.