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GVX247 part of 2011 trend toward paid-content websites

Some people are calling 2011 the year of paid content. Several U.S. newspaper chains, including E.W. Scripps, which owns the Knoxville News Sentinel, are implementing or contemplating paid-content strategies.

The News Sentinel’s pay sports site, the GVX247,com partnership with 247Sports, is but one of the paid-content efforts. GVX247 launched on Dec. 30, 2010.

Scripps CEO Richard Boehne addressed the issue in an interview published last week. Here’s an excerpt:

“What you’ll see out of us very shortly is a move to more and more what is sort of crudely called pay walls, and just accepting the reality that what we’re doing today is not sustainable, either in television or in newspapers,” Boehne said. “You can’t produce all of this high value content and give it away for free – it’s just not going to work.”

Boehne said he believes once pay walls become more of a reality, consumers will have no problem spending a little to receive quality content. As for the news sites that choose to remain free, Boehne said that may work, but only for people who are comfortable with having that level of quality in the content they consume.

“What I like to think over time is that [a pay model] will have to work because what you see on the Web today for free is not going to be there. It’s just not sustainable,” he said.


Space Times News website involves Knoxville web developers


Hey, have you seen this site:

A lot of Knoxville interactive media folks have been working behind the scenes to get it launched today. While it’s launch is nowhere near as monumental a task as launching the Space Shuttle Discovery, there’s been a lot of long hours involved … and a lot of rocket fuel (i.e. coffee) burned..

The newspaper division of the E.W. Scripps company, the parent company of the Knoxville News Sentinel and, is launching Space Times News to coincide with the launch of the shuttle. There will be a live chat at 1 p.m., journalists on the scene at the Kennedy Space Center will be filing reports, photos and videos, and you can watch live streaming of the scheduled 4:50 p.m. Discovery blast off..

Corporate interactive web designers and developers with the Scripps Interactive Newspaper Group, and who work out of the News Sentinel building, as well as reporters, editors, videographers and photojournalists from the Naples and Treasure Coast newspapers in Florida have largely put the site together. But that core group has been drawing on resources from throughout the company, including WFTS, the Scripps TV station in Tampa, and others.

In addition to the original content from those Florida newspapers, the site pulls together content from  partners, the Associated Press and Scripps Howard News Service, and other newspapers and websites, many of which closely cover space exploration due to their proximity to hubs of the space program and space industry.

It is an excellent resource for space information, but it is also being used to test out some new features that may find their way to other Scripps websites like ours … sort of like the many spin off technologies from the space program that have affected our daily lives.

Space Times News aims to tap the intense interest audiences have regarding the future of space exploration, the U.S. space program and the International Space Station.

I took the photo above on a “field trip” Scripps editors and digital technologists took to Cape Canaveral last week.

The video below is the “trailer” for the website and was put together Scripps video expert Nick Hollensbe, who is based here in Knoxville.

Who’s Trevor Bayne? We have a section for that

Trevor BayneKnoxville native Trevor Bayne will be making the network television rounds on ESPN, Jay Leno and David Letterman this week as the winner of the Daytona 500.

For many, it’s a case of Trevor who? One of the most common words in the dozens of stories written about his victory at the Daytona 500 on Sunday is “improbable.”

Perhaps, it was improbable that a driver that had never driven in the Daytona 500 and who was only driving in his second Sprint Cup Series race would hold off charging veteran stars of NASCAR to take the checkered flag.

For those, however, who have been following him, the word was “when” not “improbable” that the just 20-year-old Bayne would get a big NASCAR win. He’s been racing since he was 5 and he’s been seen as an up-and-coming star since at least since he hit NASCAR’s Nationwide Series three seasons ago.

Last year, we sent videographer Talid Magdy to the speedway outside Detroit to do a feature on Bayne, then driving the No. 99 car for Diamond-Waltrip Raciing. Magdy did two related videos; one on “Trevor Bayne on cars, race tracks and time off” and another focusing on Bayne the driver.

This year, sports writer Andrew Gribble spent Speed Weeks in Daytona, Fla., writing and shooting video about Bayne, as the 2011 season kicked off and the Knoxville driver made his first start in the Daytona 500 in the No. 21 for the storied Wood Brothers Racing team..

If you want to catch up on who this young driver from Knoxville is, browse our Trevor Bayne section.

(Trevor Bayne, center, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Daytona 500 NASCAR auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. AP Photo/Glenn Smith)

Tennessee sports coverage just got a whole lot more interesting

GVX247Over on GoVolsXtra, we have a story by Dave Link about a new site to launch Thursday called GVX247.

It’s a partnership between the Knoxville News Sentinel and 247Sports in Brentwood, Tenn.

Bobby Burton and Shannon Terry, the founders of 247Sports, were among the entrepreneurs who pioneered paid-content sports on the Internet more than a decade ago with sites like Rivals, Scout and others.

Along with their new 247Sports team, they are re-inventing the subscription sports experience with better technology, social media integration, and integrated platforms for mobile and smart phones.

The 247Sports sites also are being staffed with experienced journalists who have already done college sports beat coverage for years. For example, with GVX247, the primary writers will be Wes Rucker, who is leaving his job as the Tennessee beat writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and Ryan Callahan, who covered Tennessee sports for the Maryville Daily Times. 

Burton and Terry have an exciting vision of sports discussion and coverage on the Internet and we’re happy to be partnering with them on a Tennessee site that we believe will become one of the flagship team sites in the 247Sports network. The Knoxville News Sentinel has covered University of Tennessee sports better than any other media organization for decades.

When GVX247 launches on Thursday, give it a shot with a seven-day free trial. We think it’s the future now of in-depth team specific coverage.

GoVolsXtra will continue to have robust and timely Tennessee coverage for free and we’ll be using some of the subscription content from GVX247 in the printed paper. You’ll also be hearing more expert analysis from 247Sports’ beat reporters on our radio show, The Sports Page.

if you thought there couldn’t possibility be more Vol coverage, sorry, you are wrong. We’re unveiling a whole new level.

Going to the big show

avatar.jpgI’ve worked the UT sports beat for GoVolsXtra for 5 years now and the only football game I’ve actually worked is the 2008 Kentucky game at Neyland Stadium. It was Coach Fulmer’s last game and I got to be inside the ‘T’ as the players ran through and stand along the sidelines as the Vols won the last game with Fulmer as their coach. I still have my media credentials from that game proudly displayed in my home office.

People often ask me why I don’t work more games. It all comes down to how much game footage we’re allowed to use online. Is it really worth paying someone to work 8 hours for a 30-second highlight clip? Heck, even I see the sense in that!

BUT … since a bowl game is kind of a big deal and the Music City Bowl is just over in Nashville, I get to take a road trip at the end of this month and go to the big show!

sked.jpgI had planned on having a stretch of 11 days off in a row. An almost unheard of amount of time off in this department. Now, my schedule’s been modified to reserve the last two days of the year for Nashville.

My lovely boss, Jigsha, was able to get a reservation for me at a posh hotel with the other sports guys (who had made their reservations months ago). I was surprised that there were rooms left, considering how quickly the Vol Nation tends to move on these types of things.

Now all I really have to worry about are the technological things. I’ve not earned the nickname “Error Chapin” for nothing, you know. If there’s something that’s going to go wrong on assignment, it’ll happen to me. So today, I went to get the Macbook checked out, cleared off and ready to roll well in advance of my trip.

macbook.jpg Bah! Foiled again!

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Knoxnews has a new iPhone app

Knoxnews has a new iPhone app in the app store. The photos above show some of the screens of the application.

If you are an Apple iPhone user, check it out and let us know what you think. Either search for “knoxnews” in the app store or use this link.

2009 – A year in review

nye-blog.jpg Call it what you like, 2009 was a pretty good year for

Our readership continues to grow year over year. Our staff is producing award-winning work (see here, here, here and here to see just a few). The online producers here at knoxnews broke the rules for online video by producing a long-form documentary-style piece on the Channon Christian and Chris Newsom murders and the year anniversary of the TVA ash spill.

What’s telling, though, is when we look at what you, faithful reader, really paid attention to, commented on and visited again and again over the last 12 months.

Here’s a look at the most-viewed pages on our site from January 1 – December 31, 2009:

1. Knoxville Blog Network – 297,201 views

Surprisingly, the most viewed page on knoxnews last year was a feed of area blogs. If you want to join the Knoxville network, just click here.

2. Gallery: Scenes from the Orange and White game – 193,814 views

As we all know, this is football country. We love it. We live for it. What better proof of our fandom than the fact that the #2 most clicked is a gallery from the Orange and White game back in April? Of course, there was the added interest that new football coach, Lane Kiffin brought to the table.

3. Article: UT Football players arrested (first day, breaking news) – 146,920 views

Yes, we’re all mad about football, but when those football idols fall, we’re there to read, comment, assume, comment more, question facts, point fingers and call for dismissal. The Vol Nation is large and in love … ’til someone messes up.

top-prostitutes-blog.jpg4. Gallery: Top prostitution offenders in Knox County – 133,269 views

Well, what can I say about this one? Reporter JJ Stambaugh, photographer (intern at the time, now full staffer) Adam Brimer and online producer Erin Chapin collaborated on a 3-day series looking at the issue of sex for sale in Knox County. One small aspect (or so we thought) of this coverage was a gallery of mug shots of the top offenders (by number of times arrested) in Knox County as given to us by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
5. Blog: The List – 123,627 views

Again, who knew? GoVolsXtra blogger Marlon McKinney does a great job compiling links of “Vol Stuff” every day for diehard fans of all things orange. Apparently, y’all like it pretty well as it comes in 5th for the year and first of all our bloggers!

6. GoSmokies photos – 108,964 views

Everybody loves the Smokies. Most everyone likes pictures. Combine the two and you get our 6th most-viewed page of 2009.
turkey-honeymoon.jpg7. Article: Local woman honeymoons in the woods with a turkey – 107,798 views

Granted, having a Jamaican wedding followed by a honeymoon of turkey hunting in East Tennessee seems a little … unorthodox. Personally, we think Rene rocks and so, apparently, do you!

8. Article: Signing Day ’09 for UT football – 91,349 views

We’ve mentioned that whole love of football thing, right? Well, here’s more proof of it. Signing day is huge at GoVolsXtra. The sports and online staff put a lot of energy into making sure Vol fans have a handle on who’s coming to UT and who’s ditched us for competitors in the SEC. We’re sure glad you notice.

9 & 10. August of 2009 saw the first of the key defendents in the murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom brought to trial. J. Miles Cary was at the courthouse every day, from morning til evening, rarely taking a break for himself and diligently documenting the trial of Letalvis Cobbins for the community. His photo galleries of the first and last days of the trial came in at numbers 9 and 10 with 90,557 and 87,610 views respectively.

11. Blogs on GoVolsXtra – 84,095 views

Football again(well, all UT sports, really). Only this time in a general blogginess type of way.

12. The death of a legendary moonshiner – 82,516 views
Though several readers debated whether we should promote illegal activity by covering the death of ‘Popcorn’ Sutton, there were plenty more who just wanted to share memories of the man and his, um, product.

Speaking of blogs, our top bloggers in ’09 were:

Marlon McKinney – The List

Frank Munger – Atomic City Underground

Josh Flory – Property Scope

Mike Griffith – Ask Griff

Michael Silence – No Silence Here

For more high-hitters, check out the top stories in news, business, sports and national and international news.

KNS photographers picked their favorite photos of 2009 and made galleries of their top choices.

Charlie Daniel celebrated his 80th birthday recently. We’d like to close this post with a look at his best editorial cartoons of 2009

Metro Pulse writes an article about the comments

Frank N. Carlson, a reporter with Metro Pulse, Knoxville’s alternative weekly (and a media property also owned by our parent company Scripps), has written a lengthy piece on the comments posted on
Carlson has interviewed frequent commenters like cjensen and papabob as well as my boss, Jack Lail, and our editor, Jack McElroy.
Give it a read and let us know what you think — by posting a comment (what else?!) below.