Saturday, May 14, 2011

Can you define exclusive Sir Humphrey?

ABC find a new definition of "exclusive".

Thank you for your email of 29 March (see our post Exclusive opinion).
In response to your first query, I understand the Environment portal is an aggregation site which draws in content from other ABC websites, and also publishes some original material not found elsewhere on the ABC. ABC Innovation has advised that audience feedback suggested there was so much content from across the ABC that the original pieces were lost. I am advised that the 'Exclusives' tab was set up as a navigation aid to assist users to find content which has been published on the portal and which does not appear anywhere else on the ABC; that is, content that is exclusive to the portal in the sense that it did not come from elsewhere on the ABC. This was the case for the opinion piece 'Why I think climate change is real', which appeared in the 'Opinion' and 'Exclusives' sections of the Environment portal and nowhere else on the ABC. (This article first appeared on The Conversation-ed)

In response to your second query, I am advised that ABC Innovation does not commission original news stories for the Environment portal. However, I understand there have been many feature stories and opinion pieces published exclusively on the portal.

Your feedback, including your request for the 'Exclusives' section to include only news stories which are exclusive to the ABC, has been conveyed to relevant staff in ABC Innovation. (Received 13/5/2011)

That's "Innovation" for you!

A slightly different definition of exclusive: "a piece of news, or the reporting of a piece of news, obtained by a newspaper or other news organization, along with the privilege of using it first."

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