BBC News educates you as you read the news

BBC News educates you as you read the news

Summary: I couldn't think of a fancy title. Had I done so I would have called it "Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Book of Sudoku"; nevertheless it'll do.


I couldn't think of a fancy title. Had I done so I would have called it "Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Book of Sudoku"; nevertheless it'll do.

After my daily (hourly in some cases) browse through the BBC News website to quash my horrid addiction to current affairs and what's going on in the world, I noticed on one article about a Roman head being discovered. (If you saw that title, you're gonna click, right?).

They're working with Apture; a service provided which allows websites to show rich multimedia content as well as many other things. Working with the BBC, they've added a way to allow the user to delve into parts of the story with history, other web content and suchlike, without leaving the page, complementing your reading experience.


The Beeb wrote on their help pages:

"We are doing this trial because we want to see if you enjoy exploring background material presented in this way. It's part of our continuing efforts to provide the best possible experience.

In addition to background material from the BBC News website, we are also displaying content from other sites, including Wikipedia, You Tube and Flickr. We have done this to find out what you think about us offering you related material from other sources."

Many academics will tell students not to trust Wikipedia; however this can be disputed until the cows come home, then disputed even more with the cows themselves. On the other side, you'll hear academics saying "only trust websites of .gov, .edu, and", being university and Government websites. That aside, when has anyone truly trusted their own government?

Students using news articles for research isn't uncommon, and allowing those writing essays to have access to background knowledge through multimedia and website resources opens up the learning process to keep juggling documents to a minimum.

inpagelinks2-small.pngFor pages selected, in a small "advertisement style" floating popup, it displays the content it finds on that particular thing. It works brilliantly in Firefox 3, Internet Explorer 7 and even seems to work alright in Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 which is nice to know. Although not many "advertisement style" floating popup services do, you can easily switch it on and off.

I hold my hands up and say, bloody well done BBC. This will make life a lot easier for those researching articles.

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  • Thanks for the Post

    Hi Zach, thanks for the great coverage and commentary on
    our inline links with the BBC. We're thrilled with how users
    seem to be responding so far. We definitely prefer not to
    think of them as "advertising style" popups :) since our
    goal is to inform, educate, and make accessible the wealth
    of relevant and compelling media buried in different
    libraries... the opposite of products that shove irrelevant
    content or ads in front of eyeballs.

    It's also free for anyone with a blog or individual website,
    all they need is an email address and a website.

    Would you mind making your reference of Apture into a
    hyperlink to

    Best regards,
    (Apture Co-Founder and CEO)
  • RE: BBC News educates you as you read the news

    Normally it's second nature for me to link back; head's been in a bit of a tizzy the last few days so call it a moment of crazed insanity.

    Post's been updated :)
  • RE: BBC News educates you as you read the news

    The BBC is a golden resource. It is sorely unappreciated by the entertainment-based culture of the US. This mindset leads to destruction.

    CNN = infotainment
    BBC = news

    My guess is that the poll on which CNN bases thier marketing themselves as "The most trusted name in news" is based on a survey only in the USA.

    The situation will not improve until the US gets rid of its self-centered, celebrity-lusting orientation and people start doing actual work.
    Uncle Caleb
  • I can't believe...

    the BBC used the word "trialling". Yes the OED does have the word trial as verb but the citations (the earliest is 1981) are all for the past participle trialled. O tempora! O mores!
  • Haudonaminuttherejimmie

    So now I'm paying my television "licence fee" to put every private current affairs website out of business. Gottit!
  • RE: BBC News educates you as you read the news

    It's why we love the Beeb. There is an absolute wealth of information and entertainment available.

    Long may it remain this way!!