Thursday, 1 July 2010
The web dilemma: Is Steve Dyson too large?
I know Steve Dyson is a heavyweight journalist but is he too large? Interesting post by HoldtheFrontPage editor and publisher Paul Linford after a reader complained that the Dyson at Large blog column, which is hosted by HTFP and reviews regional newspapers, was too long.
Or as the poster My Face Hurts put it: "Please, please, please can we have shorter columns as my retinas can only stand so much...this is not what web journalism is all about"
Paul Linford responded: "Interesting debate kicking off here as to what web journalism is all about. Logically, you would think that the unlimited space parameters of the web would enable more in-depth treatment of stories online and encourage writers to produce lengthier pieces than they would necessarily be able to do in print. Except that this seemingly isn't what you want, Face Hurts, and you are by no means alone in that.
"Is this some kind of conundrum, whereby people want shorter internet stories even though unlimited space is available, and more in-depth treatment of stories in print despite its limited space? As a web publisher, I'm genuinely interested in the answer."