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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

PennLive censoring crime fighting efforts

I'm sure everyone who has been reading this blog knows there is an effort underway to create an effective and accessible source for information on crime in Harrisburg as well as a forum to discuss solitions. The website, which is the brainchild of TattooJim and Jason Smith, but which appears to involve many members of the public, was recently launched and can be found at http://www.onecityonevoice.com/

Yesterday, the address was listed in the Harrisburg Forum. It was removed. Then someone asked why it was removed. That was also removed. Apparently, the Harrisburg Forum is not a place where it is safe to discuss actual solutions to Harrisburg's problems.


Blogger Mike Van Jura said...

I'm absolutely flabbergasted by the backward thinking ways of the censors of the PennLive forums.

But at the same time, it's not all that surprising considering the state of mass media these days.

The forums, moderated by citizens, are live now at http://onecityonevoice.com

August 09, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I don't think it is universally true. This morning, I wrote to the publisher of the Savannah Morning News, complaining about some changes they made to their website, never expecting an answer. But three hours later, I had a personal reply, explaining exactly why they made the changes, backed up by actual page view figures, and an apology for any glitches in their beta version. The publisher even actually said "Thanks for your note and your patronage of our website.

We are constantly and continually working to perfect the new web site,
and it, unfortunately, is taking its toll. But it is important that we
press forward rather than fall back.

While savannahnow.com was an award-winning site and served many
functions for many people, it did not in its previous form serve as many
as it should.

One of the advantages of having a website vs a newspaper is we get
instant feedback on what is working and what is not. While most of our
online visitors used the site for news about Savannah, the number was
diminishing and the number of page views was starting to show it. It was
clear to us, because we could see where people were going, that our
viewers wanted more than just a daily newspaper online. They wanted a
"portal" to the area where they could learn, shop, share views and find
things to do -- hence, the four "buttons" on the new home page.

The new site is built around a fantastic new search program that SHOULD
allow the viewer to type in anything they want to read about and have
every mention of that item appear before them immediately.
Unfortunately, it works too well at times (gives you so many returns it
is impossible to wade through them all) and others it does not work at
all. (Things like garage sales, obituaries and restaurant listings,
didn't appear at all.)

But, the response from some readers to our new format has been splendid
and the number of folks who have sought out this site to post pictures,
blogs and comments has skyrocketed. I can't tell you that our page views
have skyrocketed as well, but we find that they are beginning to climb
again after a period of no growth at all.

All this says we think we are on the right track. But our execution left
a bit to be desired. I would guess that more than $1 million is invested
in this new site and the industry is watching it closely. It's still in
"Beta" testing and we are still making it better. Please bear with us
until we get it done and I will promise you we will move as quickly as
possible to do so.

Thanks again,

Julian Miller
Savannah Morning News"

Pretty impressive

August 09, 2006  

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