Suggestions to newspapers to improve their websites four years ago

Almost four years ago, Bivings Group listed 9 Ways for Newspapers to Improve Their Websites

  1. Use taxonomy tags to cut across traditional newspaper “section” names
  2. Use full-text RSS feeds (like blogs do)
  3. Work with “Social” websites
  4. Link stories to relevant blog entries (“who’s blogging about this?” links)
  5. Eliminate registration
  6. Partner with bloggers for local news coverage
  7. Offer readers alternative organizational schemes (most read, most blogged, etc.)
  8. Modernize the visual design of news sites
  9. Learn from Craigslist’s simplicity and efficiency
  10. Make sites work on PDAs and phones

It’s a good checklist to see how many have adopted the principles.

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