Thursday, September 28, 2006

New media, new establishment

Ranging from the Media Guardian 100 to Five's 100 Bitchiest TV Moments, top 100 lists are ubiquitous. But for the first time, a list is being created which grabbed my attention. Press Gazette are producing a ‘power list’ of people who are driving new developments in online journalism.

Here are a few of my own suggestions of people who have made real impact on web and digital journalism in recent months:

Kevin Anderson, the BBC's first online reporter based outside of the UK, is set to make waves in his new role as head of blogging and interaction at Guardian Unlimited. Ben Hammersley, his predecessor, has made a great impact to this point and is now working on projects to further develop the site. Kevin's role will be pivotal in keeping the Guardian a step ahead of fast encroaching competition.

Tim Faircliff, the head of, heads up its European multimedia operations and mobile and interactive TV strategy. Recent updates to the website have improved navigation, aiming to increase the time consumers spend using Reuters' online services.

Peter Bale, recently appointed as editorial director of digital strategy for the Times, has helped drive the surge in Times Online users. Times Online's introduction of Times Online TV, enabling readers to view Reuters news footage, shows the team are preparing for Web 2.0.

Edward Roussel, the Telegraph's online editorial director's impact on the site has been clearly visible with recent improved navigation and increased user involvement. The launch of Telegraph PM and deal with ITN to produce video content show the Telegraph is taking internet journalism seriously.

Steve Hermann, editor of BBC News Interactive since last December, has been a key figure in giving greater emphasis to user-generated, 'most-read' and audio and video content on the BBC news website. He has helped drive prominence of the different ways of accessing news including RSS news feeds, mobiles, emails and podcasts.

Paul Clabburn, editor of interactive TV and broadband at the BBC has been a driving force behind the increased prominence of audio and video content on the news website.

Ben Perreau, editor of NME.COM, has transformed the site, giving greater eminence to audio and video content, transforming it into the UK's most visited magazine website.

Nick Gilbert, CEO, has developed the site into the UK's leading news aggregator and online news monitoring service.

Surely no list would be complete without mentioning Tim O'Reilly? Coining the phrase "Web 2.0" has helped inspire the next generation of internet-based services.

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