By: Jason Williams

Express-News Editorial Board Is Webcast On

The joint Web site of Hearst Corp.-owned San Antonio Express-News and
Belo-owned KENS-TV Channel 5,, took the mystery out of
newspaper editorial board decisions in a live Webcast last Wednesday.

‘This is the first time that the Express-News has ever allowed outside
media into an editorial board meeting … [and] MySanAntonio’s first
cybercast that wasn’t a part of a KENS broadcast,’ says Linda O’Dell
Ash, managing editor of

By visiting the Web site and following the referring pages to the
‘Light Rail’ discussion and finally to, one could have
tuned in to the live debate on the pros and cons of building a light-

rail commuter system in San Antonio and whether the paper should
endorse the tax-funded project.

During the Webcast, San Antonio community and transit representatives,
as well as the Express-News editorial board, could be seen around an
oblong conference table, their blurred faces and bodies not quite
matching the audio coming from the RealPlayer plug-in. But that’s life
without broadband.

‘We would like to stream at 56k – right now we’re at 22k – and I think
that’s our next step,’ Ash says. She also would like to set up Web
audience participation via e-mail. got the green light Monday for the Webcast from Nick
Simonette at KENS 5, which provided the audio and video equipment.
‘We’ve been working with [KENS 5], and it’s been great,’ Ash says.


Jason Williams ( is the new-media
reporter for Editor & Publisher magazine.

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