What to do with tickers?


For the reason that very early days of EUobserver, across the 12 months 2000, we have had such a article on the web site referred to as a ‘ticker’ — derived from the quick information bulletins you see on the underside of tv information or scrolling on buildings.

It is quick, a most of 70 phrases lengthy, and accommodates the bare-bones data you must know on one thing that occurred.

When EUobserver first began, there have been hardly any on-line information sources devoted to EU affairs, and the ticker format was helpful to gather and current data printed by different media, other than our authentic protection.

20 years later, the ticker nonetheless stays on the homepage of EUobserver, however as a sort of aggregator of reports reported elsewhere, it is beginning to really feel considerably out of date.

First, EUobserver is not the one information supply masking the goings-on within the European Parliament, Fee, Council and surrounding establishments.

Effectively-resourced information groups at different media akin to Politico Europe — which along with its mother or father, Politico, was bought to Axel-Springer in a deal valued at $1bn — do a very good job at masking the broad spectrum of reports popping out of Brussels. Which begs the query, why learn a blurb on EUobserver and click on via to the Monetary Instances, Reuters or Politico? And in an period during which all the information printed by them is at your fingertips (or delivered to you thru newsletters), what’s the usage of aggregation?

Second, the ticker was used previously to maintain EUobserver’s website feeling updated whereas we labored on authentic reporting. The issue we face in our small newsroom is that many press briefings and occasions occur after lunch, which implies that articles on them are filed within the late afternoon. So to not have a stagnant web site, we might publish these quick information bursts on what coverage makers mentioned, or what different information shops have been reporting.

Third, and at last, tickers present a supply of site visitors, or variety of distinctive customers on our web site. Visitors, sadly, has been one of many predominant signifiers of media relevancy for a very long time. It is principally the very first thing anybody asks to find out your worth as a publication. And sure, readership numbers are vital, however they do not seize viewers high quality — or even when your guests are actual individuals.

These days, there was a little bit of a shift on this notion, with ‘smaller’ media manufacturers gaining recognition, income and readership not as a result of they appeal to essentially the most quantity of readers, however the correct of viewers. This ranges from resolution makers in particular industries (like ours in EU policy-making) to a sure sort of intent-driven shopper — teams of individuals which are extra invaluable for an advertiser.

With on-line media promoting being rife with fraud — it is estimated that 40% of on-line site visitors comes from bots and that is on prime of doubtful advert efficiency reporting metrics — it’s turning into clearer to advertisers that chasing site visitors is not only shortsighted, however truly a waste of cash.

Not solely on the advertiser’s facet, by the best way. Chasing site visitors prices invaluable productive hours that might be spent on uncovering info that would make a major distinction on the lives of thousands and thousands of individuals.

So what ought to we measure as an alternative to find out our price? Truthfully, I do not actually know. I want there was a simple variable to measure ‘qualitative journalism for the general public good’ or ‘data serving to individuals make higher selections’ or ‘reporting that holds individuals in highly effective positions to account’. However the suggestions you, our readers, ship us, comes fairly shut.

This all goes to say that we’re within the means of rethinking how we use the ticker format. As a result of I do see worth in publishing quick authentic information that does not benefit the time to jot down a full article about. However I do not see worth in republishing different reporting, theatre of productiveness or chasing clicks.

Final week we used the ticker to publish leaked paperwork. Subsequent week we will experiment with utilizing the ticker to share exceptional statements from EU politicians that we report ourselves. And you probably have concepts on how we may use the quick information format, do not hesitate to succeed in out.

Onwards to the articles you must have learn from us this week:

Every part you must know earlier than COP27 kicks off in Egypt subsequent month. From carbon emissions to local weather finance, Elena Sánchez Nicholás coated all of the contentious prime points world leaders might be debating over from 6 to 18 November.

Learn it right here.

Elections in divided Bosnia and Herzegovina had been already extraordinarily sophisticated, however last-minute election legislation adjustments made final Sunday by Excessive Consultant Christian Schmidt made issues worse. James Jackson broke down the elections, the outcomes, the adjustments and why they divided analysts, activists and the worldwide neighborhood.

Learn it right here.

Friday (7 October), the European Fee offered its roadmap to scale back fuel costs. One of many measures being mentioned is the notorious fuel worth cap, which has turn into a dividing difficulty since spring when the concept was first floated by Spain and Portugal.

Learn it right here.

MEPs whose telephones had been hacked or wiretapped, presumably by state providers, gathered in Strasbourg this week for a Pega Committee listening to, voicing their “mounting frustration” across the lack of accountability, reviews Nikolaj Nielsen.

Learn it right here.

“‘This assembly is a method of in search of a brand new order with out Russia. It doesn’t suggest we need to exclude Russia without end, however this Russia, Putin’s Russia, doesn’t have a seat’, EU international affairs chief Josep Borrell mentioned,” Andrew Rettmann reviews on this week’s assembly of the newly minted European Political Committee.

Learn it right here.

Thanks to all new subscribers to this text, and as all the time, my numerous inboxes are open for suggestions, options, suggestions, leaks, concepts and gossip.

See you subsequent week,


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