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Thirty-nine of 40 top newspaper sites now feature broadband video, according to a new report by Broadband Directions, a consulting firm headed by Will Richmond, a former executive with Continental Cable's Highway 1 initiative.

According to the report, almost half the sites feature a mix of original video and third-party video, such as AP Video and New England Cable Network. The other half is entirely dependent on third-party video. Two of the 40 sites focus solely on original video.

Richmond says "it is too early to tell what works yet." What is available generally has "sub-optimal navigation" and the story-telling isn't well-integrated. But it is essential for newspapers to begin experimenting with video to reconnect with younger audiences, compete with Internet news organizations and capture cross-platform opportunities, he says. Broadband Directions is giving a free, one-hour Webinar on Thursday, July 20, at 1 p.m. EST.

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