The Washington Post, which has been publishing online video since 1999, today began to share the embed code of its Flash videos, meaning that bloggers and other Web sites can grab the code and publish the video without payment.

One of the very first videos to be shared in this manner is the clip of a press conference by Michael Bloomberg and his decision to leave the Repubican party.

As far as we know, The Post is the second major U.S. newspaper to share its video code.  The first was The Wall Street Journal, which was reported first here on the purple channel.

Below is my interview with Tom Kennedy, Managing Editor for Multimedia at the  I interviewed him in the Post’s newsroom earlier this month.  He talks about the plans for sharable Flash video.  He also discusses the opportunties for newspapers to embrace consumer generated video.

— Andy Plesser

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