Citizen Media Watch

december 20th, 2008

Bivings report: increase in user-generated content on US media sites

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

This year’s Bivings report was released yesterday. It shows an increase in the number of US news sites offering their users to participate. From the findings:

# Newspapers are experimenting with user generated content. The study found that 58 percent of newspapers allowed for user generated photos, while 18 percent accepted video and 15 percent articles. Overall, 58 percent of newspapers offered some form of user generated content in 2008 compared to 24 percent in 2007.
# Research shows that the number of newspaper websites allowing users to comment on articles has more than doubled in the last year. Seventy five percent of newspapers now accept article comments in some form, compared to 33 percent in 2007.
# Ten percent of newspapers had social networking tools, such as user profiles and the ability to “friend” other users, built into their sites in 2008. This compares to five percent of sites that included this feature in 2007. It is surprising that this number isn’t higher.
# Seventy six percent of newspapers offered a Most Popular view of content in some form (Most Emailed, Most Blogged, Most Commented, etc.). This compares to 51 percent in 2007 and 33 percent in 2006.

It’s good news that things are moving in the right direction. But the question is what the news corporations who are still behind are thinking. It’s 2008. Time to wake up – or you’ll soon be out of business.



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