From Jeff Jarvis comes word of the launch of Ledger Live, a daily video news show from the newsroom of the New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper. Designed and produced with the help of video journalism pioneer Michael Rosenblum, who has helped newsrooms in the U.S., Britain and elsewhere turn journalists into VJs. The Legder Live broadcast, as Jeff notes, isn’t the typical broadcast TV-style show with a studio and hosts with makeup and hairdos and teleprompters. It’s reporter Brian Donohue sitting at his desk talking about the day’s big stories and throwing to some of the video reports the paper is working on. I think it’s really well done — a great concept, well executed.


Ledger Live – 07-28-08

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6 Responses to “Ledger Live and the exploding newsroom”
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  2. Kinda reminds me of a more-serious Rocketboom.
    Interesting concept. And I agree, well executed. I think it does a great job of teasing up the day's news — which would make me keep checking back for more updates and full write-throughs of those stories.
    And, I like the casual style as well as the inside access to the newsroom perspective.
    I wonder if it'll catch on elsewhere, and — just as important — if they'll be able to find a sponsor for it.

  3. Mathew and Rich,

    Thanks for the kind early reviews. (We're big fans of Rocketboom, so that comparison made me smile.) We're going to keep plugging away at this and see where it takes us. If you have ideas to improve it, we're all ears.

    Cheers,
    John

    • I actually think it's just fine the way it is, John. I'd love to see some unscripted one-on-ones between Brian and some reporters maybe, but apart from that I'd say keep on doing what you're doing.

  4. Mathew and Rich,

    Thanks for the kind early reviews. (We're big fans of Rocketboom, so that comparison made me smile.) We're going to keep plugging away at this and see where it takes us. If you have ideas to improve it, we're all ears.

    Cheers,
    John

  5. I actually think it's just fine the way it is, John. I'd love to see some unscripted one-on-ones between Brian and some reporters maybe, but apart from that I'd say keep on doing what you're doing.

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