Lyn Jerde, a reporter I work with in Portage, recently asked about challenges to modern newspapers in areas that don’t have high-speed Internet. Read her story from November to see how this is of concern to rural Wisconsin.
Our multimedia speakers have said that we might decide not to use some multimedia tools in areas that don’t have high-speed Internet. Videos, for example, might be something a paper in such an area would forgo.
Papers with readers who don’t make use of high-speed Internet, or even dialup, also have a problem. They might offer classes in Web use or point readers to organizations that do, such as the local public library. Debbie Douglass, a classmate who edits a hyperlocal paper called the Woodlawn Villager, has done this in her community with older readers.
At the Daily Register, we publish videos on our website, www.portagedailyregister.com, and we’ve been happy with the results. We’ll keep our coverage area’s usage in mind as we refine our multimedia coverage.