Local RSS: What do the leading regional newspapers offer? - Part 2
Yesterday I had a look at the RSS provision of ten of the UK's leading regional newspapers. Today I want to continue looking at the newspapers that make up the rest of my regional 'top twenty'.
The Birmingham Mail offers a range of nearly 200 feeds, which can be found by visiting the site map. The main feed is auto-discoverable from the homepage, but the RSS logo in the top-right of the page leads to information about all of the site's feeds, not a specific feed for that page or category. You don't seem to be able to subscribe directly to a feed without visiting the site map.
Norwich Eastern Daily Press
The EDP24 site does have RSS feeds, but they are not auto-discoverable. On the homepage there isn't any link to an overview of the RSS provision, but there are RSS logos under the news, sport, entertainment and business sections.
Yorkshire Evening Post
Likewise, there isn't much of a hint that the Yorkshire Evening Post makes content available in RSS. The main feed is not auto-discoverable, and the RSS logo is tucked away in the footer of the homepage.
Portsmouth News & Sports Mail
Like the Yorkshire Evening Post, portsmouth.co.uk is a Johnston Press Digital Publishing site, and has the same RSS set-up. The only route to RSS seems to be the small logo in the footer, but once you find it, a multitude of feeds and formats are available.
On some sites, like 'This is Leicestershire', finding the RSS feeds on a 'This is...' is a matter of looking in the 'I want to' panel. Selecting 'I want to set-up an RSS feed' takes the user through to a page explaining RSS technology.
Other sites in the network, like This is Staffordshire, which represents The Sentinel online, feature an RSS promo puff box on the homepage.
All of the 'This is...' sites offer a range of feeds, including those geographically centred around smaller sub-sections of a site's catchment area. However, it also looks like their CMS auto-magically generates RSS feeds for any old category stuffed into their database, which is why This is Hull and East Riding, for example, has multiple feeds just called 'news' as well as a feed for the 'To dump' category.
However, just because they all offer feeds, doesn't mean you can find them. On the This is Nottingham site I can find the list of RSS feeds because I can guess that it will be in the same location as it is on the other sites in the network. On the Nottingham site itself, though, I can find no reference to RSS feeds at all, or any link to the page that lists the feeds. They appear to be there as an 'undocumented feature'.'
None of the 'This is...' sites make their feed auto-discoverable to a browser from the homepage.
Aberdeen Evening Express
The Aberdeen Evening Express offers RSS feeds that are auto-discoverable from the homepage, and promoted as part of the site's left-hand navigation.
Teesside Evening Gazette
The Teesside Evening Gazette offers RSS feeds via a site map page like the Liverpool Echo and Birmingham Mail. There doesn't seem to be as many feeds from this paper though - not every section of the site generates one. Curiously, that included the main news section.
Table of features
Here is a table of the features I found across the 20 regional sites I looked at. It indicates which feeds carried images, which were auto-discoverable, and shows that none of the newspapers are trying to monetise their RSS feeds with adverts. Equally, none of the sites is offering a 'full fat' feed containing complete articles.
|Title||RSS||Full fat||Headline & summary||Headline only||Images||Auto-discovery||Adverts||Range of feeds||RSS page|
|Manchester Evening News||Several||RSS page|
|West Midlands Express & Star||Several||RSS page|
|Liverpool Echo||200+||RSS page|
|Aberdeen Press & Journal||1||RSS page|
|Belfast Telegraph||85||RSS page|
|Glasgow Evening Times||0|
|Dundee Courier & Advertiser||0|
|Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Evening Chronicle||200+||RSS page|
|Shropshire Star||Several||RSS page|
|Leicester Mercury||97||RSS page|
|Birmingham Mail||167||RSS page|
|Norwich Eastern Daily Press||4|
|Stoke & Staffordshire - The Sentinel||195||RSS page|
|Hull Daily Mail||50||RSS page|
|Nottingham Evening Post||109||RSS page|
|Yorkshire Evening Post||217||RSS page|
|Portsmouth News & Sports Mail||208||RSS page|
|Aberdeen Evening Express||29||RSS page|
|South Wales Evening Post||144||RSS page|
|Teesside Evening Gazette||93||RSS page|
Next in this rather loose series of articles I'll be looking at subscription numbers for the main feeds from each of these papers.