'Sacramento Bee' to Launch Video 'Letters to the Editor'

By: E&P Staff The Sacramento Bee has announced plans to solicit and post video letters to the Editor from readers on its Web site.

Editorial pages editor David Holwerk hopes to have the first videos posted in about a month. The team is trying to establish rules as to video content, length, editing, legal constraints, etc. The paper must also prepare for submissions from outside the circulation area and decide if there will be a video limit for readers, who currently are restricted to one printed letter per month.

Most U.S. newspapers are beginning to experiment with video, but they feature reporters rather than commentary and opinion by the readers themselves.

The Bee's plans are part of many changes at The Bee, including a reduced number of daily editorials, which frees up space for more letters to the editor.


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