Live coverage on BBC News Online
Some of you might have come across a test page for something we're working on for the BBC News website and I wanted briefly to explain what we're up to.
During the past few years the "live page" format has become a regular feature of our coverage around big breaking stories. We've used it for stories such as the UK general election, Egypt, the Japan earthquake, Libya and the Budget for example.
These live pages have allowed us to pull together content related to a big story fast, all in one place, and to tell the story as it unfolds. They are constantly updated with a mixture that includes first-hand reporting from our correspondents, tweets, insights from users, clips from BBC interviews, stills, live and recorded video, links out to other sources and to all the key relevant BBC coverage as it is published - graphics, analysis, and related articles. (So we are still writing the stories and articles, but summarising and linking to them as another way for people to find, scan and share the story. And in addition, the live page when it works well allows a wider range of points to be surfaced, more quickly).
The format has been a big success in terms of usage, so we're thinking about what more we could do with it. We think the pages are not necessarily just about breaking news - they are also a real-time showcase of the best of what we (and others) are doing, so we've been wondering whether - and how - we could make this approach work as a regular feature on the site rather than just something we use around big stories. What would it take and how would we need to organise ourselves differently in the newsroom and beyond?
So we're currently trying some of this out - you can see an example here. This isn't the first trial we've done, and it won't be the last, and the approach and format may change, because these tests allow us to get valuable insights into how we might develop it, what works and what doesn't.
One of the key things we are looking at right now as part of the trial is how to bring our social media output and our news reporting - and the teams that do them - even closer together. In fact BBC News Social Media Editor Chris Hamilton recently introduced some related changes, including a reduction in the use of automated headline feeds on our core Twitter accounts @BBCNews and @BBCWorld.
Do let us know what you think - what would you like to see? How do you think the format would work best? I'll return with updates here before long.
Steve Herrmann is the editor of the BBC News website.