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January 24, 2008

LEP’s Mike Hill on the converged newsroom

By Sarah

Senior lecturer in online journalism at Birmingham City University Paul Bradshaw has interviewed Lancashire Evening Post deputy editor Mike Hill about life in a converged newsroom.

In January 2006 the Johnston Press-owned Post claimed to become the first newsrooms to become fully converged with every journalist working across print and online. The site has seen unique users grow from 40,000 to 300,000 in the last two years while its Preston patch has a residency of 150,000.

Hill discusses the growing use of studio-based online news in 2008, the site’s daily and monthly online surveys that are attracting up to 1,000 responses a week, the problems arising from geo-tagging and mobile phone content.

In his own words “It’s created a new buzz in the room.”

The interview can be heard here.

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